8 Great Jobs In Finance That Don't Require An MBA

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By Susan Ricker

A business can't function without somebody managing its money, and that need has created a variety of roles in finance. From finding ways to efficiently use funds to ensuring that the business' finances are legally organized, there are more ways than ever before to manage a company's assets.

If you're interested in a career in finance, check out eight of the best jobs in the field. These jobs have a median annual pay of $60,000-plus and are projected to grow as fast as or faster than the average for all occupations through 2020.

1. Management analyst*
  • 2010 median pay: $78,160
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 22 percent (faster than average)
Description: Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization's efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

2. Financial examiner
  • 2010 median pay: $74,940
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 27 percent (faster than average)
Description: Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans and assess bank management.

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3. Financial analyst
  • 2010 median pay: $74,350
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 23 percent (faster than average)
Description: Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other types of investments.

4. Logistician
  • 2010 median pay: $70,800
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 26 percent (faster than average)
Description: Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization's supply chain -- the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated and delivered.

5. Budget analyst
  • 2010 median pay: $68,200
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 10 percent (about as fast as average)
Description: Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.

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6. Personal financial adviser
  • 2010 median pay: $64,750
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 32 percent (much faster than average)
Description: Personal financial advisers give financial advice to individuals and families. They help with investments, taxes and insurance decisions.

7. Accountant or auditor
  • 2010 median pay: $61,690
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 16 percent (about as fast as average)
Description: Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.

8. Market research analyst
  • 2010 median pay: $60,570
  • Job outlook, 2010-20: 41 percent (much faster than average)
Description: Market research analysts study market conditions in local, regional or national areas to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them and at what price.

To find more finance-related jobs, visit MoneyJobs, a website that connects experienced financial professionals and matches them with relevant opportunities.

*All job growth levels, median annual pay figures and job descriptions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Susan Ricker is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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