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Best Jobs in Finance

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  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Career Path Rankings, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each path's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% demand (number of job openings), 25% earning potential (median salary), and 25% job satisfaction (perks, benefits, work/life balance), and 25% employment rates (unemployment).

Best Jobs in Finance


Investment Banking Analysts

Investment banking analysts are entry-level professionals who provide support to associates and investment bankers in areas that include equity and debt...


Private Equity Research Analysts and Associates

Private equity (PE) research analysts and associates conduct research on potential investment targets (i.e., companies to purchase outright or invest in)...



Actuaries use statistical formulas and techniques to calculate the probability of events such as death, disability, sickness, unemployment, retirement, and...


Wealth Management Risk Managers

Risk managers use their quantitative, financial, analytical, and technology skills to identify, study, and work to reduce risks (e.g., risky investment...


Hedge Fund Relationship Managers

Many investment banks have prime brokerage departments that provide financing, brokerage and trading, custody, information, risk management, and...


Venture Capitalists

Venture capitalists are highly skilled business professionals who identify investment opportunities, evaluate target companies, negotiate the terms of...


Chief Financial Officers

Chief financial officers are responsible for the accuracy of their employer’s financial reporting and focus on issues such as compliance, budgeting, funds...


Accountants and Auditors

Accountants compile, analyze, verify, and prepare financial records, including profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cost studies, and tax reports....


Credit Analysts

Credit analysts analyze financial information to evaluate the amount of risk involved in lending money to businesses or individuals. They contact banks,...



Economists are concerned with how society uses resources such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery to produce goods and services for consumption...