1. Financial Careers: Introduction
  2. Financial Careers: Qualifications and Credentials
  3. Financial Careers: Finance Employers
  4. Financial Careers: Investment Banking Jobs
  5. Financial Careers: Trading Jobs
  6. Financial Careers: Financial Advisory Jobs
  7. Financial Careers: Analytical Jobs
  8. Financial Careers: Financial Media Jobs
  9. Financial Careers: Analyst Jobs
  10. Financial Careers: Portfolio Management Jobs
  11. Financial Careers: Conclusion

If you’re interested in finance as well as a career with a bit more of a public profile, you may find that financial media jobs are the ones for you. Financial media workers take their knowledge and experience in the financial and economic realms and then write or speak about their thoughts and opinions. Because of this, it’s essential that individuals looking into financial media jobs possess both excellent communication skills as well as a firm understanding of the financial world. Depending upon whether you’re more interested in writing or speaking, you’ll find that some of the positions listed below will likely be more appealing than others.

Where the Jobs Are

Like many other media-centered positions, most of the jobs listed in this chapter are found in large cities. However, most moderate- to large-sized towns also have local newspapers and television stations, and these may also present opportunities in this area. Further, an increasing number of financial media professionals work exclusively in the digital space, and it’s not unheard of for individuals to make a career online through blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and more. Because of the nature of financial media jobs, they tend to be found at different types of institutions than most of the other careers listed throughout this tutorial; typical employers for financial media positions include news services, television stations, and publishing groups.

How to Get a Financial Media Job

Owing to the fact that they work differently from traditional finance jobs, the career path to a financial media job tends to also be somewhat unique. It’s not unheard of for individuals to begin work at an investment bank or hedge fund and then to transition to the media side, although this is generally uncommon. More likely, a working journalist narrows his or her focus to center on issues relating to finance or economics. For this reason, many financial media jobholders began their training in journalism college or graduate programs. Even some of the biggest names in the industry started out working for small newspapers or television stations. As with other journalist jobs, applicants may be considered based on a number of other factors aside from those listed elsewhere in this tutorial; these may include appearance, level of comfort with extemporaneous speaking in front of a camera, interview demeanor, and personality. Although financial media jobs are different from other finance jobs, they are similar in one crucial way: competition is generally fierce.

Types of Financial Media Jobs

  • Investment Writing Jobs

Investment writing jobs are available in many different forms. These may include positions at large banks or money management companies which employ full-time writers to generate content for marketing or reporting. Newspapers and magazines, as well as websites focused on financial content, also hire investment writers regularly. In any case, a deep knowledge of the financial markets is crucial. Perhaps even more important, however, is writing ability. Investment writers should be able to write accurately, persuasively, intelligibly, and for a particular audience as stipulated by their publication. Further, many companies expect that writers will be able to generate content quickly, and so speed is a consideration as well. These skills can be developed through practice or formal training, or perhaps via a combination of the two. Of course, as the journalism industry continues to change thanks to digital media, traditional investment writing jobs for newspapers and magazines may be harder and harder to find.

  • On-Air Commentator Jobs

An on-air commentator speaks on television, radio, podcasts, or other forms of media to discuss the activity in the markets, broad economic trends, and other related topics. These individuals must have a charismatic presence and be able to articulate intelligent thoughts cleanly and persuasively. In some cases, on-air commentators focus on interviewing other market experts, while in others, they act as guests or hosts of shows in which they explain their own opinions on financial matters. Especially important for individuals considering an on-air commentator position is appearance and general demeanor. The most successful on-air commentators enjoy their own programs, many of which come with tremendous salaries, although the expectations for attracting large audiences are also steep.

Summary

Needless to say, the worlds of media and journalism are shifting dramatically, and the future of finance-related jobs in these spaces is unsure at best. At the same time, the popularity of new forms of media and news means that there may be additional opportunities for individuals looking to make it in this field to develop their careers through unconventional means. While traditional financial media jobs may be dwindling or shifting, entrepreneurial individuals with a passion for finance and a desire to work in media may find that they have additional, unforeseen options available to them.


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