Chief Financial Officers

CFO Makes a Presentation

Chief financial officers are responsible for the accuracy of their employer’s financial reporting and focus on issues such as compliance, budgeting, funds investment and management, and developing financial short- and long-term strategies for their organizations.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Oversee, manage, and control the accounting and financial activities of their organization; ensure regulatory compliance and accuracy in accounting and financial reports; manage financial departments; setting corporate financial goals
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large cities and metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years in lower-level financial management positions required
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Operating Officer or Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Treasurer, or Controller, or Vice President of Finance
  • Assistant Financial Officer