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Training for Financial Careers


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What Training is Needed for Financial Careers: The necessary training for financial careers increasingly includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Additionally, your choice of academic majors, during both undergraduate and graduate study, also can be significant.

Law degrees are especially valued as training for financial careers, even for positions that are not in the legal field itself. Moreover, people with athletic or military experience tend to be highly sought after.

The training for financial careers in selling securities and other financial products or services to the general public requires, by law or regulation, one or more certifications from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) are highly respected credentials that are increasingly essential training for financial careers in certain specialties. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation can open doors beyond the relatively limited set of jobs that require it.

Pseudo-Requirements: Note that the credentials demanded in many job advertisements and job descriptions actually are not necessary at all, but are listed as a device to cull the field of applicants.

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