Money is an essential element in each of our lives. We entrust our financial well-being to people who safeguard bank accounts, provide loans, insure cars and homes, and help us make wise investments. Their math skills must be strong, and they must be precise, paying close attention to detail and keeping accurate records. Workers also need good communication skills in order to respond to questions and clearly explain information. They must be service oriented and sometimes work with people who are under stress about their finances.

Finance jobs exist in settings that range from banks to tax return centers to private offices. Most large organizations like hospitals have finance employees. While financial specialists usually have an 8 to 5 schedule, some workers’ schedules must accommodate their clients’ after work hours. Tax preparers have intense work times from the beginning of January until April 15.

In New Mexico, the majority of finance occupations require a high school education or a bachelor’s degree. The finance industry shows one of the highest rates of new jobs in the state, and occupations in the securities, commodities, and other financial investments sector should have some of the state’s highest average weekly wages. Likely places to find jobs include banks, corporate management offices, insurance agencies, insurance underwriting companies, and office of Certified Public Accountants.