Finance Degree for Jobs in Georgia


The Georgia Department of Labor projects strong job growth in the field of finance. In fact, job growth rates for securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents in Georgia are expected to be twice the national average in the coming years.

The top salaries for financial managers and personal financial advisors are literally off the charts, exceeding the US Department of Labor’s reporting threshold of $208,000 annually.

You can prepare to join the ranks of these successful finance professionals by earning a degree with a major in finance through one of Georgia's respected business schools.

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Finance Degrees Available at State Schools and Private Universities in Georgia

In Georgia, finance degrees at every level (associate’s to doctorate) are available through traditional classroom based programs as well as in online formats designed to accommodate working professionals.

Associate's Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become series 7 licensed stockbrokers and client service associates, among others:

  • Associate's Degree in Banking and Finance
    • Located in Macon
    • Online option
    • 64 semester hours
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Banking and Finance
    • Located in Clarkston
    • Online option
    • 63 semester hours
  • Associate Degree or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Finance
    • Located in Norcross
    • Online option
    • 60 semester hours

Bachelor's Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become series 65 licensed investment advisor representatives (IARs) and performance improvement coordinators, among others:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Finance
    • Located in Columbus
    • Online option
    • 123 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Finance
    • Located in Lawrenceville
    • 120 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • Some classes offered online
    • 120 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance
    • Located in Athens
    • Online option
    • 119 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance
    • Located in Dahlonega and Gainesville
    • 119-121 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 122 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
    • Located in Statesboro
    • 120 semester hours

Master's Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become certified financial planners (CFP) and certified government financial managers (CGFM), among others:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 36-45 semester hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject
  • Master of Science (MS) in Quantitative and Computational Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 36 semester hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field as well as a strong foundation in mathematics

Graduate Certificates in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become client services associates and financial analytics directors, among others:

  • Finance Certificate
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 15 semester hours
    • Applicants can enroll upon completion of prerequisites
  • Graduate Certificate in Finance
    • Online only
    • 15 semester hours
    • Applicants can be admitted upon completion of prerequisites

MBAs in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become financial planning and analysis leaders or internal sales consultants, among others:

  • MBA in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 24-36 semester hours
    • Applicants must have one year of work experience and a bachelor's degree in any field
  • MBA with a concentration in Finance
    • Located in Athens
    • 62 semester hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject
  • MBA in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 54 semester hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field

Doctorate Degrees in Finance – Designed for those preparing to become model/credit risk managers and account directors, among others:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 42-60 semester hours
    • Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in any subject
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance
    • Located in Atlanta
    • 42-90 semester hours
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field as well as a strong background in mathematics

Georgia’s Top Employers of Finance Professionals 

Georgia's top financial institutions prefer to hire the most qualified and talented applicants. Georgia's financial sector is one of the largest in the nation, and includes:

  • Vercor, headquartered in Atlanta – middle market business services
  • StreetCapital in Roswell – investment banking for public and private companies in small, nano, and micro-cap markets
  • Brookwood Associates, headquartered in Atlanta – advising, restructuring, trading, and capital raising services; $10 billion-plus in transaction volume to-date
  • The Inman Company, headquartered in Atlanta – capital raising, restructuring, advising, and trading services for multi-million dollar deals throughout the nation
  • Primerica, headquartered in Duluth – financial services distributor and the largest independent financial services marketing organization on the North American continent; $1.22 billion in 2013 equity
  • Roark Capital Group, headquartered in Atlanta – private equity investment; $1.5 billion under management
  • Capital Directions LLC, headquartered in Atlanta – wealth management, advising, and retirement investing; $800 million in assets under management

Income for Professionals in Georgia’s Financial Sector

As Georgia’s largest industry in 2016, finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing contributed more than $106 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

The following data was taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016 (shown here as 10th percentile average, overall average annual salary, and 90th percentile average):

  • Financial Managers – $66,810; $140,860, 208,000*
  • Accountants and Auditors – $41,860; $76,560; $120,750
  • Budget Analysts – $42,800; $71,070; $101,950
  • Financial Analysts – $45,710; $79,210; $118,280
  • Personal Financial Advisors – $36,950; 121,560, 208,000*
  • Financial Examiners – $34,650; $85,100; $156,330
  • Loan Officers – $31,360; $75,330; $141,090
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents – $34,010; 97,950, 208,000*

* These values are at or above $208,000 annually. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report income that is greater than this value.

Projected Job Number Growth in Georgia’s Finance Sector, 2014-2024

Georgia, and especially the Atlanta area, employs one of the highest concentrations of finance professionals in the nation.

The Georgia Department of Labor projects strong job growth for the ten-year period leading up to 2024. In fact, accountants and auditors made the list of Georgia’s hot careers to 2024.

  • Personal Finance Advisors – 36 percent growth
  • Accountants and Auditors – 23 percent growth
  • Financial Managers – 11 percent growth
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents – 11 percent growth
  • Financial Analysts – 10 percent growth
  • Loan Officers – 9 percent growth
  • Financial Examiners – 5 percent growth
  • Budget Analysts – 2 percent growth

 

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