25 finance jobs that combine a six-figure salary with job security early in your career

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When you first start out in financial services, there’s a tendency to target front office roles. After all, these are traditionally where the big bonuses, exit options and, ultimately, respect of your peers are more available.

But what about job security? Assuming you’ve been working in financial services for more than a couple of years, the chances are that any front office investment banker will have been subject to at least one round of redundancies. What’s more, bankers are seeking alternatives – everything from private equity and fund management, to start-ups – as bonuses dry up and new job opportunities become scarcer.

There’s a lot to be said, therefore, for seemingly less exciting jobs that nonetheless offer big salaries and, importantly, an element of job security. We’ve scoured the most recent salary surveys of recruiters Robert Half, Robert Walters and Hudson to give you a list of jobs that reach six-figures within five years and are currently in demand around the world. Figures have been converted into US$ for ease of comparison. These figures are base salary only

Project manager, front office change management projects, London, up to $249k

Data scientist, San Francisco, $150-350k

Trade finance sales, Dubai, $110-278k

Quantitative risk analyst, London, up to $100-174k

Qualified lawyer (1 year post-qualified), wealth management, London, up to $142.1k

Qualified actuary (0-3 years’ experience), London, $133.7-167.2k

Business analyst, compliance, London, up to $158k

Cross-product settlements, New York, up to $150k

Regulatory accountant, newly qualified to three years’ experience, London, up to $131.2k

Investor relations, hedge funds, Hong Kong, 3-5 years’ experience, up to $130k

Sales, cash management, Hong Kong, 3-5 years’ experience, up to $130k

Credit risk modelling, 3-5 years’ experience, London, up to $125k

Liquidity risk management, London, 3-5 years’ experience, up to $125k

Information security officer, London, up to $129k

Compliance, product advisory, London, up to $125.3k

Relationship manager, corporate banking, Hong Kong, 3-5 years’ experience, up to $116k

Applications/product support analyst, London, $112-128k

Audit/business services, insurance, London, $100-125k

Compliance, regulatory affairs, London, $117k

Quantitative risk analyst, 3-5 years’ experience, London, up to $116.5k

Market risk management, 3-5 years’ experience, London, up to $116.5k

Management accountant, Dubai, up to $108.8k

Fund accountant, NQ to three years’ experience, London, up to $105k

IT risk and compliance, Singapore, up to $102k

Mark risk management, analyst, New York, up to $100k

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