Finance Degree for Jobs in Oregon


Oregon looks to provide ample opportunities for aspiring finance professionals in the coming years. In fact, the Oregon Employment Department projects a 30% increase in the number of jobs for personal financial advisors during the period spanning 2014 to 2024.

The financial services sector in Oregon is experiencing strong growth is due in large part to the presence of thriving community banks and credit unions. Umpqua Bank in Portland, for example, was ranked number 28 on Forbes' list for the best banks in the U.S. In 2016, the company held $24,798,295 in total assets, demonstrating the financial pull of Oregon's community financial institutions.

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Degrees Available to Finance Majors in Oregon

The path to a career in Oregon’s growing financial services sector often starts with a degree in finance. Oregon is home to a number of schools that offer online and campus-based undergraduate and graduate programs:  

Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance – Designed for aspiring series 7 licensed stockbrokers, series 65 licensed investment advisors and more:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business: Finance
    • Located in Portland
    • 82 hours with 28 hours in finance
  • Bachelor’s (BA) in Finance
    • Located in Newberg
    • 60 semester hours
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Finance
    • Located in Corvallis
    • 36 hours
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a Concentration in Finance
    • Four required courses in finance
    • Eugene

Master’s Degrees in Finance – Designed for aspiring certified financial planners (CFP), personal financial advisors, financial specialists, and more:

  • Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA)
    • 52 hours
    • Portland
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
    • Portland
    • 30 hour hours

MBA Degrees in Finance – Designed for aspiring financial managers, CFOs, controllers and other leaders in corporate finance:

  • MBA with a Concentration in Finance and Securities Analysis
    • 18 required courses
    • Eugene
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): Finance Concentration
    • Marylhurst
    • Online Option
    • 53 quarter hours

Doctoral Degrees in Finance – Designed for aspiring researchers, educators and high-level financial executives, among others:

  • PhD in Finance
    • Located in Eugene
    • Two admissions per year

Top Banks and Financial Services Firms Based in Oregon

Oregon’s most significant players in the financial world are found in cities throughout the state, particularly Portland. Just some of Oregon’s top financial employers include:

  • StanCorp Financial Group in Portland  Insurance, Financial Services
  • Aspen Capital in Portland  Equity Firm
  • Umpqua Bank in Portland  Community Banking
  • Cascade Community Credit Union in Roseburg
  • Oregon Community Credit Union at locations throughout Oregon

Income Ranges for Oregon’s Finance Professionals

The presence of large banks and financial services firms creates the opportunity for finance professionals to earn top wages. The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics reports wage ranges for the following financial professionals in Oregon (income is listed as bottom 10%, mean, and top 10%):

  • Financial Managers – $57,880; $116,110; $190,290
  • Accountants and Auditors – $42,200; $67,010; $99,020
  • Budget Analysts – $51,670; $71,310; $93,540
  • Financial Analysts – $51,920; $89,840; $135,520
  • Personal Financial Advisors – $26,010; $113,830; $208,000*
  • Financial Examiners – $42,130; $71,320; $112,040
  • Loan Officers – $34,520; $77,770; $126,930
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents (Stockbrokers) – $31,880; $72,520; $132,490

*Wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 a year.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report income levels this high.

Job Growth Projections for Oregon’s Finance Professionals

The Oregon Employment Department expects strong growth for the following finance jobs during the ten-year projection period from 2014 to 2024:

  • Personal Financial Advisors – 30% growth
  • Accountants and Auditors – 21% growth
  • Financial Analysts – 19% growth
  • Financial Examiners – 18% growth
  • Financial Managers –15% growth (twice the national average)
  • Loan Officers – 14% growth
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents (Stockbrokers) – 13% growth
  • Budget Analysts – 9% growth (three times the national average)

 

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