Finance is the counterpart to accounting. Whereas accounting tracks past revenues, finance, in a nutshell, looks at future revenues. Financial skills are in demand in a wide range of career roles and industries. A sampling of potential careers and industries of employment includes: auditor, banking professional, CFO, finance manager, CPA, credit analyst, financial analyst, financial examiner, financial planner, fund manager, insurance agent, investment analyst, lending officer, loan underwriter, research analyst, wealth manager and many others.

A bachelor’s degree in finance is a first step towards many of these careers. This is typically followed by a combination of a graduate degree (usually a master’s in economics, with some cross-disciplinary concentration or specialization), and the passing of one or more professional certification exams.

This college ranking of the 10 most affordable online bachelor’s degrees in economics uses in-state tuition cost as the filtering factor. Some useful abbreviations are listed below:

  • CFA – Chartered Financial Analysts
  • CFO – Chief Financial Officer
  • CFP – Certified Financial Planner
  • CMA – Certified Management Accountant
  • CTP – Certified Treasury Professional

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