What Is Finance?

The field of Finance provides a way to measure the value of stuff, usually in terms of money.  Finance is about figuring out how people make decisions about how to spend their money and their time and how groups of people work together to create some value for themselves and others.  It could be a third grader deciding what to trade his baseball cards for or a big corporation deciding whether or not to invest in new equipment.

So, if you’re pretty analytical about people, careful with your own money, and you like to work complicated puzzles with numbers, then Finance is worth looking at.  Jobs would include most any career-level position in a bank, financial planner, investment banker, or actuary.

What Degrees Relate to Careers in Finance?