Finance Courses


Business Management and Technology ICON100The Finance cluster is about using your skills in math and statistics to prepare for well-paying careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. Every part of the itshere200economy offers a career in this field, providing endless opportunities to work in a variety of areas.

The hiring of loan officers – workers responsible for evaluating, authorizing, or recommending approval of loan applications – is expected to increase. Applicants with lending, banking, or sales experience should have better job prospects in this field. More accountant and auditor positions also are likely to open up. Factors that may drive growth include stricter laws and regulations in the financial sector and continued globalization, which may drive demand for accounting services related to international trade and international mergers and acquisitions. The aging population is expected to increase the need for personal financial advisers. Since pensions are no longer the norm, many people are seeking the advice of financial advisers when opening personal retirement accounts.

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Middle School Courses

No Courses at this time

High School Courses

  1. Accounting I Honors: #6320, 6320V
  2. Accounting II Honors: #6321, 6321V
  3. Business Law: #6132
  4. Economics and Personal Finance: #6120 (Required course)
  5. Entrepreneurship: #9093

Do You Like To…

  • Work daily with numbers?
  • Assist people with the management of money?
  • Organize, plan and multi-task?
  • Pay attention to detail?
  • Communicate effectively with others?

Sample Careers

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Development Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Treasurer
  • Controller
  • Economist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Tax Preparer
  • Investment Advisor
  • Loan Officer
  • Debt Counselor
  • Actuary
  • Underwriter
  • Insurance Appraiser
  • Bank Teller

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degree Examples
NOCTI Accounting BasicFinance
NOCTI Accounting
Financial LiteracyBusiness
National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)Entrepreneurship
All CTE trade and industry classes offer the Workplace Readiness Skills Test

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
Degree or more
Loan Officers$63,270 per year3% (As fast as average)10,100
Degree or more
Budget Analysts$76,540 per year3% (As fast as average)1,900
Degree or more
Financial Analysts$81,590 per year5% (Faster than average)26,800
Degree or more
Accountants and Auditors$71,550 per year4% (As fast as average)61,700
Degree or more
Financial Managers$129,890 per year15% (Much faster than average)108,100
Degree or more
Economists$105,020 per year14% (Much faster than average)2,900

Student Leadership Organizations
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.