Many roles in the financial industry are extremely competitive. At any step in a financial career, building outstanding credentials sets a job-seeker apart from the pack and makes him or her a top candidate among hiring managers.
Credentials shared by many in the financial industry include advanced degrees, professional licenses, and years of experience in various financial positions. Some key credentials for financial job seekers are listed below; to learn more about the credentials required for a specific position in finance, talk to an experienced recruiter.
Higher education is common among financial professionals. As a rule, an undergraduate degree is required for any work in the finance industry. Graduate degrees commonly held by financial professionals include MBAs and other master’s degrees or PhDs.
Designations and Licenses
Certain professional qualifications and licenses are required to work in certain parts of the financial industry. Professional designations required may include:
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA): The CFA designation is essential among finance and investment professionals, particularly those that work in investment management or in financial analysis of stocks, bonds, and derivatives. In recent years, the CFA charter has also become more sought-after within the field of corporate finance.
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP): To earn a CFP designation, a financial professional must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, complete the required CFP course training, and pass the certification exam. A thorough understanding of financial planning, insurance and employee benefits planning, retirement and estate planning, and other topics is required.
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA): CPAs earn their title by passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination and meet their state’s education and experience requirements for CPAs. Most states require financial professionals who provide auditing services to have a CPA designation.
In addition to credentials like those listed above, a financial professional may be required to hold one or more licenses to conduct certain types of business. Commonly-required licenses include:
- Series 7: Issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Series 7 license is required of U.S. stockbrokers, and it is earned by passing the General Securities Representative Exam, also known as the Series 7 Exam or Stockbroker Exam. Like other professional financial licenses, the Series 7 requires continuing education to maintain.
- Series 63: The Series 63 is the common name of the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, which qualifies candidates as securities agents within a particular state. Nearly all U.S. states require a candidate to pass the Series 63 in order to trade securities within the state.
At Daley and Associates, our experienced recruiters find and place top talent in financial careers in Boston. Whether you’re moving forward on your current career path or considering a mid-career change, we can help you find a position that fits your goals. Contact us today to learn more.