EXPLORE THE FINANCE INDUSTRY

The finance industry is a critical sector that employs millions of people. The Finance Career Cluster prepares students for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Finance career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require skill in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

Top 6 Careers in Demand in Illinois

Customer service representatives
34%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $34,140

software developers, applications
93%

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $93,510

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
54%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $54,810

Financial Managers
100%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $117,830

loan officers
68%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $68,250

financial analysts
70%

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $78,070

Career Pathways

Personal Financial Advisors
Tax Preparation Specialists
Sales Agents
Securities,Commodities
Investment Advisors
Brokerage Representatives
Development Officers
Securities/Investments
Analysts
Stock Brokers

Accountants
Financial Analysts
Treasurers, Controllers and Chief Revenue
Agents
Auditors
Economists
Tax Auditors
Collectors
Revenue Agents
Benefits Specialists
Real Estate Analysts
Certified Purchasing Professionals
Client Managers

Credit Analysts
Loan Officers
Account Representatives
Tellers
Loan Processors
Customer Service Reps
Data Processors
Internal Auditors
Compliance Officers
Title Researchers & Examiners
Abstractors
Repossession Agents
Network Service Representatives
Operations Managers
Debt Counselors

Claims Representatives, Examiners,
and Investigators
Insurance Appraisers
Underwriters
Actuaries
Sales Agents
Customer Service Agents
Processing Clerks
Direct Marketing Representatives
Insurance Brokers
Loss Prevention Specialists

District Specific Pathways

Pathway Courses:

Year 1 – Introduction to Business

Year 2 – Accounting

Year 3 – Advanced Accounting

Year 4 – Personal Investment & Finance/Business Law

*Related Electives: Computer Application I & II, Business Management, Economics, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Entrepreneurship/Internship, Agribusiness Management

School Related Activities: Athletics, Math Team, Math League, Future Business Leaders of America, Speech Team

College Majors (examples): Actuarial Science, Banking and Financial Support Services, Business and Personal/Financial Services, Marketing Operations, Credit Management, Financial Planning Services, Insurance, International Finance, Investments and Securities

Certifications Heartland: Accounting Foundations

Course Offerings: Core Curriculum, Intro to Business, Economics, Accounting I and II, Career Seminar, Corporate Literacy, Probability and Statistics, Ag Business Management, Senior Internship

Other Opportunities: BACC Computer Networking and Technology, AP Computer Science Principles (taught at Tri-Valley)

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