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Jobs: Top 5 emerging career trends in finance

Last updated on: January 17, 2013 10:42 IST

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Sonya Hooja

If you're in the market for a new job, here are five emerging careers that are making a mark and poised for growth in the coming years.

In today's uncertain job market, even the jobs once marked 'recession-proof' are not as safe as we thought. So where should you focus your job search?

Several trends -- existing and emerging -- continue to drive job growth and creation throughout India. Developments in technology, finance, health care, retail and globalisation, as well as current trends in the economy are clearing the path for several cutting-edge careers to surface.

If you're in the market for a new job, here are five emerging careers that are making a mark and poised for growth in the coming years.

1. Risk Management Analyst

Growing uncertainties and post 2008 crisis, there is a huge pressure on corporates to strengthen their risk management practice across all areas -- credit, markets and operations. Candidates who understand complex entity structures, strict regulatory mandates, complex product structures, increasing dynamics in the market conditions will always be in high demand.

The author is founder and director of Imarticus Learning


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2. Financial Operations

There is a huge demand for candidates in financial operations industry. Top 25 global investment banks and other financial companies have opened up their off shoring entities where they support global markets, traders, service institutional clients across securities, derivatives, asset management and corporate banking functions.

Profiles are suited for graduates, post graduates, accountants but need specialised understanding of products & global markets.


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3. Financial Planner/Retail Banker

With the overall rise in income levels across India's middle class population, there are huge opportunities for finance candidates specialising in portfolio management. However, lack of quality education is a huge deterrent to the enormous opportunity the country presents. A decent finance candidate with a good degree from a renowned college or university with client servicing skills will be apt for such kind of careers.

Though these numbers maybe large, quality over the past few years has been severely compromised. Hence, a finance candidate with good aptitude, client-servicing mindset, thorough professional having details and in-depth coverage of banking industry will be a huge success in the retail banking sector.


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4. Corporate Finance

Though niche in segment, several opportunities from small or medium sized companies to large corporations, banks, investment banks & other sectors of finance divisions. A candidate should possess strong and in-depth knowledge of financial management & corporate finance and must hold a relevant MBA degree from top colleges. 


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5. Financial Controller/Accountant

With growing number of multinationals coming to India and local companies going abroad across all sectors -- retail, banking, investment banking, insurance, manufacturing, logistics & technology -- there are huge opportunities for talent in the accounting and controllers space.

A candidate needs to have detailed understanding of not only local but also global accounting and finance standards.


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