Public Budgeting and Finance – A Career Path with Many Options


If you are attending a professional public finance conference, you might be sitting next to one of our alumni! Public Budgeting and Finance continues to be a central area of expertise and energy at the Department of Public Policy where Professor Bill Simonsen has just concluded two terms as editor of the field’s most important journal, Public Budgeting and Finance. Our curricula include courses in governmental (and nonprofit) financial management, investment analysis, municipal bonds, budgeting and finance.

Our graduates continue to be hired as government budget analysts (State of Connecticut, City of Hartford, State of Rhode Island, Commonwealth of Massachusetts), as well as analysts within firms who really value these skills, including wealth management and investment management firms that have large portfolios of municipal securities (such as Hartford Investment Management Corporation, Aetna, and Conning).  They can also be found working in bond rating agencies that review the financial condition of state and local governments (Moody’s, Standard and Poors), and in firms that advise governments in public finance (Public Financial Management, Government Financial Strategies). Here’s a list of some of our recent placements:

  • Assistant Municipal Credit Analyst, Hartford Investment Management Company (HIMCO)
  • Budget Analyst, Connecticut Office of Fiscal Analysis
  • Budget Analyst, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management
  • Budget Analyst, Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget
  • Budget Fiscal Analyst, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
  • Financial Coordinator, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Financial Institution Specialist, FDIC
  • Investment Credit Research Analyst, Chilton Private Clients
  • Management Analyst, Budget and Research Office, Town of Manchester, Connecticut