Jordan Saxe is the Director of the Americas for The NASDAQ Stock Market

The proof is in the numbers

More than half of the UVM Business graduates earn over $70,000 per year.

The University of Vermont as a whole is ranked 40th on a list published by BusinessWeek.com of the 50 U.S. colleges whose bachelor's degree graduates earn the highest salaries. UVM is the 7th ranked public university on the list.

40% of UVM Business graduates were offered a job before graduation.

11% of UVM Business graduates work for a family owned business.

Our MAcc program allows students to achieve the necessary hours of university education to become a CPA in most states.

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Finance

Career Opportunities

Financial Analysis
Financial analysts play an integral role in today’s competitive economy. Since the 1970s, job opportunities in finance and banking have flourished, due to the increasing complexity of investment options. A financial analyst will research a client’s or organizations financial status, including their history, risk tolerance, and current expenditures and investments. They make recommendations based on financial goals and business environments.

Financial Consulting
Financial consultants provide advice on securities pricing, strategies for creating shareholder value, business valuation, economic forecasts and analysis, and input into treasury management.

Finance Management
Financial managers direct financial reporting, investment activities, and cash management strategies at any number of professional or government organizations. Financial management calls on creative thinking skills and one’s ability to see the broad business picture in order to direct one’s team accordingly.

Commercial Banking
While the banking sector continues to consolidate, more people are employed in commercial banking than any other part of the financial services industry.

Corporate Finance
career in corporate finance leads to helping companies find the money to run their business, make it grow, make acquisitions, plan for the business’s financial future, and manage any cash on hand. One might work for a large multinational company or a smaller firm with high growth prospects. The key to performing well is to work with long-term goals. Financial officers concentrate on areas such as liquidity, flexibility, compliance with laws, and regulatory support.

Investment Banking
Investment bankers work within companies and governments to issue securities, help investors trade securities, manage financial assets, and provide financial advice. Smaller firms may be oriented towards bond trading, M&A advisory, technical analysis, or program trading.

Money Management
Money managers hold stocks and bonds for institutional clients and are on the buy-side of Wall Street. Money managers must be proficient in the latest sophisticated quantitative methodology. Many people cross over into money management after years of experience in selling positions in investment banks. A solid background in portfolio theory, fixed income investments, and CFA certification is required.

Financial Planning
Financial planners concentrate on helping individuals with their financial futures. This work requires excellent interpersonal skills. A good financial planner understands investments, taxes, and estate planning issues. Financial planners can practice within a company or as a sole proprietor if they have strong entrepreneurial skills.

Insurance
Careers in insurance involve helping individuals and businesses manage risk to protect themselves from catastrophic losses and to anticipate potential risk areas. Careers in this area involve helping clients understand their insurance needs and their options, and selecting appropriate policies. Career options in insurance include underwriters, sales representatives, asset managers, and customer service representatives.

Real Estate
Career options in real estate include title insurance, construction, mortgage banking, property management, real estate appraisal, brokerage and leasing, and real estate development. Real estate brokers also need a regional license

Examples of companies
  • Goldman Sachs
  • EY
  • State Street Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Visa
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Mass Mutual
  • Bank of America
  • Johnson Lambert LLP
  • NEFCU
  • Champlain Investment Partners LLC
  • Citi
  • Merchants Bank
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Fidelity
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Duff & Phelps
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Accounting

Career Opportunities

Audit
Auditors evaluate the validity of companies’ financial statements, and ensure these statements have been prepared and reported accurately. Internal auditors provide the board, audit committee, and executive management with an analysis of the corporation’s risk management, control, and governance processes. External auditors assure investors and creditors that audited corporations’ financial statements are accurate and in accordance with accounting laws.

Tax Accounting
Tax accountants prepare tax returns and create tax strategies for both individuals and corporations. When working with corporate clients, tax accountants focus on the U.S. corporate income tax return, form 1120; when working with individual clients, they focus on form 1040. Other issues that tax accountants help clients with include determination of taxable income, determining the applicable tax rate, recording appropriate deductions, and computing deferred tax credits and liabilities.

Managerial Accounting
Managerial accountants use accounting information to help managers make day-to-day and short-term decisions. The practice extends to three areas: strategic management (advancing the role of the managerial accountant as a strategic partner), performance management (developing the practice of business decision-making and managing the performance of the organization), and risk management (identifying, measuring, managing, and reporting risks to the achievement of the organization).

International Accounting
International accountants are concerned with applying accounting principle practices in different countries. This encompasses patterns of accounting development overseas, international and regional harmonization, foreign currency translation, foreign exchange risk, international comparisons of consolidation accounting and inflation accounting, and evaluation of foreign subsidiaries.

Public-Sector Accounting
Public-sector accountants help government agencies and municipalities record financial transactions on a local, state, or federal basis. In particular, public-sector accountants help track funds generated from tax revenues and expenditures related to projects. They make sure that revenues are received and spent in accordance with laws and regulations, as well as examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation.

Financial Accounting
Financial accountants prepare financial statements and other financial disclosures for the companies they work for, as well as analyze the financial information of outside companies for strategic purposes; for example, to consider investing in a firm, entering a joint venture, or pursuing an acquisition. A financial accountant must be aware of current developments in accounting as well as stay abreast of changing regulatory requirements and general economic conditions. The financial information and analytical expertise of financial accountants are used by many parties to make informed decisions, such as managers and executives within firms and any outside party who desires to better understand a company’s financial condition and performance.

Examples of Companies
  • KPMG
  • EY
  • RSM (Formerly McGladrey)
  • National Life Group
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Gallagher Flynn & Company
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Marketing

Career Opportunities

Advertising/Promotion
Advertising positions are available in advertising departments within companies, media companies, and agencies.

Public Relations/Communications
Public relations professionals manage company communications and relations with the media, investors, community members, and legislators.

Market Research/Marketing Analysis
If you are an analytical person who enjoys numbers and analysis, and enjoys tracking consumer behavior, then market research may be the field for you. Market researchers employ a variety of different qualitative and quantitative research techniques to understand consumers.

Marketing Consulting
Many consulting firms now hire industry or functional experts that focus on marketing issues. These firms need people who can develop expertise in the areas of branding, market research, continuous relationship marketing, pricing strategy, digital/new age, and business-to-business marketing.

Internet Marketing/Social Media
Responsible for planning and managing the delivery of marketing messages through all social media channels and monitors and responds to feedback received.

Brand Management/Product Management
In a typical brand management organizational structure, positions are developed around responsibility for a particular product rather than a specific functional expertise. Brand managers also determine the optimal pricing strategy for their product.

Retailing
Within merchandise management, buyers are responsible for selecting merchandise and setting prices. In a store management career, responsibilities include supervision of personnel and general management of facilities.

Sales Employment
In sales positions are found in a variety of organizations including insurance agencies, retailers, and financial services firms. Sales careers offer opportunities for rapid advancement, development of communication skills, and independence.

International Marketing
International marketing careers can be found in global settings including large multinational US corporations, small- to medium-size firms with export business, and franchises

Examples of companies
  • Matrix Marketing Group
  • Curve Trends Marketing
  • Clover Food Lab
  • Mach7Technologies
  • Select Design
  • American Management Association
  • Epic
  • MyWebGrocer
  • Fust Marketing
  • WCAX-TV
  • Dealer.com
  • Hudson Bay
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Business Analytics

Career Opportunities

Portfolio Analyst
Portfolio analysts, also called financial analysts or investment analysts, help companies and consumers buy or sell investments. These financial professionals study economic trends, evaluate historical performance, prepare written reports and recommend monetary instruments

HR/People Analyst
Collect and study information related to jobs, issues and costs that affect their companies. Many HR analysts use human resource information system programs. HRIS is a computer software package that helps these professionals manage their data more efficiently and accurately.

Pricing Analyst
A pricing analyst is a business professional who specializes in the study of pricing, with the goal of determining the best prices for the company he or she works for.

Financial Analyst
A financial analyst will research a client’s or organization’s financial status, including their history, risk tolerance, and current expenditures and investments. They make recommendations based on financial goals and business environments.

Marketing Research Analyst
Market research analysts gather and analyze data on consumers and competitors. Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

Product Analyst
Product analysts research target market segments based on age, gender, location, and interest and work with product managers to ensure products offer something for each of those demographics. By analyzing market data, these professionals work to develop marketing strategies for the product.

Marketing Analyst
Marketing analysis is the study and evaluation of market trends. The goal is to determine what products a company should produce and how to sell them. Business strategies and tactics are reliant upon marketing analysis, which is applicable to all industries that distribute a product or service.

Project Manager
Project managers work on specific projects that have definite outcomes, are time limited and have to stay within a budget. These roles typically include: planning what work needs to be done, when and who's going to do it. looking at the risks involved in a particular project and managing these risks

Supply Chain Manager
A supply chain manager is responsible for managing and organizing the activities involved with the identification, acquisition, production and distribution of the goods that a company provides to its customers.

Examples of companies
  • Google
  • Commodore Builders
  • Matrix Marketing Group
  • Global Foundries
  • Fidelity
  • C2
  • IBM
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