Facebook Pixel Career Paths - Business Finance | Western Kentucky University

Career Paths - Business Finance

The WKU B.S. Finance (Business Finance degree path) provides a pathway to a broad variety of possible careers. Essentially, the Business in Finance program supports careers in which the utilization of money - through investing in a business or in publicly held companies, through lending to other companies, or into projects within a firm or its divisions - is to be undertaken with proper due diligence and oversight. In short, the business finance degree focuses on the efficient, effective management of money. 


Business Finance Degree Career Paths


Bank Examiner
Bank Examiner

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.

Learn More


Loan Officer
Loan Officer

Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses. Most loan officers are employed by commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage companies.

Learn More  .



Financial Analyst
Financial Analyst

Financial Analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other types of investments. They assess investment opportunities.

Learn More


Supply Chan Analyst
Supply Chain Analyst

Supply Chain Analysts study movement of goods through a supply chain in order to identify gaps in efficiency and areas needing improvements. Then forecast and recommendations are made.  

Learn More.




Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

 The Chief Financial Officer has the primary responsibility of managing the company's finances, including financial planning, management of risk and record keeping and financial      reporting. 

Learn More


Credit Analyst
Credit Analyst

 Credit Analyst analyze credit data and financial information of persons or companies that are applying for credit or loans to determine the risk that the credit-granting institution will not recoup funds loaned.

Learn More .



Additional Career Awareness Resources


Association for Financial Professionals

The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society committed to advancing the success of its members and their organizations. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professionals and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. Each year, AFP hosts the largest networking conference worldwide for over 6,500 corporate finance professionals.  

The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) offers a  Global Career Center.  The career center helps employers reach top talent in the treasury and finance community, and connects job/internship seekers to the most relevant positions in the industry. 


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.


Financial Management Association - with member access

Established in 1970, the Financial Management Association International (FMA) is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA's mission is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance. 

Join FMA today to access finance research, career guidance and job search tips. View jobs, post a resume and create job alerts on the new Undergraduate & MBA Students Job Board & Resume Bank. 


The Ultimate Guide to a Career in Finance - Wiley Efficient Learning 

The Ultimate Guide to a Career in Finance is meant to provide you with a quick overview of potential careers in finance, including their salaries and job outlooks, and detail how you can best position yourself to land a great job. This guide also includes background information on educational programs, scholarships and professional certifications.  


Alumni Highlights -  Look what they have accomplished with a degree in Business Finance


Kyle Smith Wku Alumni
Kyle Smith, Occupancy Strategist

WKU Alum - Class of 2010


Sarah Clark
Sarah Clark, Bank Examiner

WKU Alum - Class of 2008


Ryan Meredith
Ryan Meredith, Vice President

WKU Alum - Class of 2001



AACSB Accredited

The Gordon Ford College of business is a top business school with dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting programs.

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 8/4/21