Finance Career Pathway

Associate's Degree/Certificate (1-2 years)


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


Master's Degree (6 years)


    Get Involved


  • Active Membership in a Career & Technical Student Organization (BPA - Business Professionals of America; DECA)
  • Student Council
  • Speech & Debate
  • Class or Club Treasurer
  • Attend a Career/College Fair
  • Career Planning in Montana, Career Information System (MCIS) or Career Lab

    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Conduct an Interview with an Accountant or Financial Planner
  • Partner with Business/Community Leaders on a Community/School Project
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Work at School-Based Enterprise/School Store

    College Major Options


  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting Technology
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Technology
  • Bookkeeping

    Career Options


  • Accountant/Nonprofit Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Treasurer/Controller
Recommended High School Courses
    Business & Finance Courses:

  • Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Computer Applications/Business Computer Applications
  • Computerized Accounting/Quickbooks
  • Entrepreneurship/Intro to Business
  • Economics
  • Personal Finance
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Psychology
  • Senior Year Math
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Business & Finance Courses:

  • Accounting I (ACTG101)
  • Basic MS Office (CAPP131)
  • Intro to Business (BGEN105)
  • Professional Business Communications (BMGT205)
  • Microeconomics (ECNS201)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Statistics (STAT216)
  • College Algebra (M121)
  • Business Math (M108)
  • Contemporary Math (M105)
  • College Writing (WRIT101)
  • MS Excel (CAPP156)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT121)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
City College Dawson Community College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Great Falls College Helena College Highlands College Miles Community College Missoula College MSU Billings Montana State University Bozeman Montana Tech University of Montana University of Montana Western