Career Cluster


Are you a numbers fanatic and a stickler for precision? Financial gurus enjoy working with numbers, appreciate a framework of rules and guidelines and make predictions based on facts. Whether it’s in the areas of banking, business financial management, financial and investment planning and insurance, finance experts must be trustworthy, precise and logical.


Connect to Courses, Curriculum + Careers

DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. Examine your course of study and integrate activities from DECA’s comprehensive learning program to show that DECA is connected and relevant.

Related Courses

DECA's Comprehensive Learning Program provides a variety of instructional resources that would be suitable for these courses and more.

  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business Finance
  • Banking and Financial Services

Career Pathways

Each career cluster contains several career pathways, or specialized career areas that are comprised of careers that require similar knowledge and skills.

  • Accounting
  • Banking Services
  • Corporate Finance
  • Insurance
  • Securities and Investments

Instructional Areas

Instructional areas are broad areas of content knowledge that are comprised of many performance indicators. Performance indicators are specific knowledge and skills employees are expected to demonstrate or achieve.

Business Law
Customer Relations
Emotional Intelligence
Financial Analysis
Financial-Information Management
Human Resources Management
Information Management
Professional Development
Risk Management
Strategic Management

Career Opportunities

The following are examples of career opportunities and occupations that are available within this career cluster.

Accounting Manager
Accounts Payable Manager
Accounts Payable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
Assistant Credit Manager
Brokerage Representative
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Credit Analyst
Credit and Collections Manager
Debt Consultant
Finance Director
Financial Analyst
Financial Consultant
Forensic Accountant
Insurance Appraiser
Insurance Broker
Internal Auditor
Investment Advisor
Loan Officer
Loan Processor
Payroll Manager
Payroll Professional
Revenue Manager
Securities/Investments Analyst
Stock Broker
Tax Preparation Specialist


Enrich the Classroom

DECA’s Competitive Events Program is an incredible tool for curriculum. As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with National Curriculum Standards.

DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events reinforce creativity, problem solving and presentation skills.

The potential for recognition, awards and travel for learning classroom content is a tremendous motivator – not to mention the scholarships and cash awards recognizing DECA members for outstanding achievement.

With more than 60 events, DECA offers a competitive event for every course and every student.

Case Studies + EXAMS

Integrate into Classroom Instruction

Case studies provide a student-centered engagement activity to help DECA members apply learning through problem-based scenarios that require creative solutions and practical outcomes. DECA’s case studies challenge DECA members to demonstrate industry-relevant knowledge and skills through performance indicators. DECA’s case studies are developed through industry research to reflect current issues and trends in business and industry.

DECA’s exams are rigorous, industry-validated, multiple-choice, 100-item exams based on National Curriculum Standards. Each exam item is also linked to an instructional area and specific performance indicator.


Apply Learning

DECA and its corporate partners have teamed up to provide classroom activities that challenge members to apply learning in relevant ways.

DECA at the Bell Challenge

Bring the world of business to the members of DECA in a creative and engaging way, by writing, producing and publishing an episode of DECA at the Bell.

Submissions due by:
November 3, 2023

Stock Market Game

Collegiate DECA offers two competitive rounds of the Stock Market Game, provided by the SIFMA Foundation. The Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game challenges teams of one to three Collegiate DECA members to work together to build and manage a high-performing investment portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Participants in the Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game develop and manage a virtual investment portfolio. The challenge is conducted online and calls teams of Collegiate DECA members to test their investment acumen against each other. The goal of the competition is to increase the value of the beginning portfolio, while maintaining a diversified mix of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Submissions due by:
April 12, 2024


Extend Learning Beyond The Classroom

DECA conferences provide unique opportunities to connect students with corporate professionals to engage them in learning industry-related trends and content.


Connect To Business

DECA’s college and corporate partners engage DECA members and help them prepare for colleges and careers of their choice. They provide classroom presentations, scholarships, internships, work experience and much more. Visit our partners page to learn more about developing a win-win relationship with DECA’s partners.


Get Involved

Together, we can help prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and career. Learn about the various opportunities to get involved with DECA.


Contact DECA staff
for more information.

Christopher Young, CAE
Chief Program Officer