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Finance Schools

As a professor or instructor of finance classes at one of the 1,000 accredited finance schools in the country, you play a significant role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the finance academic community and the future trends. Academia in finance includes finance training at the following levels:

  • Finance Certificate
  • Associates degree in Finance
  • Bachelors degree in Finance
  • Masters degree in Finance
  • PhD degree in Finance


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Finance professionals

2,494,260 2,563,130 2,578,110 2,524,240 2,457,330
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 2,457,330 finance professionals were working in the US. The number of finance professionals has shrunk by 1% between 2006 and 2010.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Finance professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by finance professionals was $68,284 in 2010. This is 14% more than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Finance

$61,149 $63,064 $65,185 $66,182 $68,284
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Finance professionals' salaries have seen a 12% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Finance Student enrollment growth by degree

572 513 502 476 664
6,543 6,883 6,861 5,865 6,825
52 61 63 60 58
3,431 3,359 3,869 3,668 4,119
944 959 861 634 460
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Finance
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Finance
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Finance
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Finance
  • Grey: Certificate in Finance

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for finance professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the year 2006 there were 11,542 students who graduated from finance degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 12,126 students graduating from finance schools.

This represents a 5% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from finance courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Finance Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering finance programs has decreased. There were 544 finance schools across the country in 2006. And there were 636 schools in 2010.

Finance Faculty Salaries

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