Majors that Majorly Pay Off: Finance

By Arkansas Next on Friday, April 5, 2024

Jeff Montgomery
Keyln McBride

Keyln McBride decided to major in finance at Harding university because he wanted multiple career options after college. He enjoys seeing the financial world constantly evolving and wants to be a part of its innovation. When his basketball career ends, he wants to be able to enter a thriving and ever-growing field. 

“Finance is a versatile field that [can be] applied to various industries,” Keyln said. “Whether in banking, investment, corporate finance, or entrepreneurship, a finance background can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities.”

For students intrigued by his major, Keyln suggests establishing strengths and weaknesses in courses related to finance while in high school. 

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are people out there who have valuable information and are ready to share and help you,” Keyln said. “[And] stay informed with economic trends and news…[this] will allow you to make better decisions.”

Career goal: "Own a financial advisory firm!"

“I chose to be a finance major because of how versatile the field is. I didn’t want to limit myself…I want to give myself options for what I do after basketball.”- Keyln McBride


What a degree in finance gets you

  • Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Communication

The average annual base salary range of graduates with a finance degree (across all years of experience) is $70,105 to $111,632 in Arkansas.* Finance professionals often earn tens of thousands in additional commissions and bonuses each year too.