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FInancial Planner Louis Barajas helps people manage their money and plan for their futures.
You've heard again and again that the world is changing. And we all know the saying, "Money makes the world go round." Well, the world of finance is changing and evolving, too. Our guide to jobs in finance will show you the wide range of possibilities -- often financially rewarding ones -- that awaits those who are interested in the world of money.

Take a look at some of the job profiles listed in the right column. These interviews with real people who work in finance make clear that a career in finance can be a great way to help families, investors, and even giant corporations meet their financial goals -- from simple things, like buying a new car, paying for a college education, or purchasing your first home to expanding production lines and financing corporate expansion into global markets.

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Fashion Designer Anna Cohen turned to microfinance institution Mercy Corps, which offers small businesses essential loans to move their companies forward.
The amazing thing about the world of finance is that almost anyone, anywhere, can find a place to fit in. With so many diverse careers, from accountants to mortgage brokers, and from financial writers to software programmers, there are jobs aplenty for math stars, natural-born salespeople, and creative types alike. When you think about it, all these jobs are fundamentally about people working with people, helping them get the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about their money.

It's also true that careers in finance can be extremely lucrative. You may have heard about the large bonuses Wall Street brokers receive at the end of the year. While most jobs in the financial world don't pay out at that astonishing level, there are a lot of opportunities to rake in the bucks on a somewhat more realistic scale. For instance, did you know that the median annual income of a tax accountant in the U.S. in 2007 is $81,534? Here's another example: the mortgage loan officer at your local bank spends her days helping people get the financing they need to buy a home, car, or store for their new business. For helping these people make their dreams come true, she can expect to earn an average of nearly $70,000 per year in a metropolitan area.

So what does it take to get a career in finance? Read the interviews listed in the right column to find out.

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