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Finance Manager

Finance-related positions dominate Monster.com’s list of the most in-demand six-figure jobs and, of those, finance managers are near the top of the list.

The good thing about pursuing a career as a finance manager is that nearly every company, government agency or other type of organization requires a finance manager – no matter what the economy’s doing. That’s the person who oversees the preparation of financial reports and handles the cash management and investment activities of the firm.

A bachelor’s degree is required by most firms – and many require a master’s degree or professional certification. The hours can be long, typically 50 to 60 hours a week, plus some travel.

The field is expected to grow by 8 percentover the next decade, which is average, according to the Labor Department. Competition is expected to be tough for these jobs, so those with a master’s degree are likely to have the edge.

Who’s hiring right now? Ernst & Young, Bank of America and Deloitte are among the firms doing the most hiring for finance managers, according to Indeed.com.