It is definitely possible. Working as a research analyst or in one of the major accountancy firms are options among many others.
Although the fact remains that banks normally pay the highest salaries.
I understand the context behind why you don’t want to work in a Bank but you must realize that most companies pay their employees salaries from the interest they earn on fixed deposits. So no one truly escapes it, although you shouldn’t let that change your mind.
you know that just might not be a bad idea. considering the bubbles which may blow up the entire global economy. (someone should totally write about how black swan events have increased in volume as well as magnitude in recent times) goat herding would be the way to go.
If you work as an analyst in finance…no matter what you do…will you inevitably have something (even a little bit) to do with banks. Also, I’m sure the CFA institute has a bank account…where your fees and dues go…so you should probably not pursue the CFA…or you will have something to do with banks and will be going against your religion.
I always felt that Islamic finance stuff was a shell game anyway. Interest is interest. Like the payday loan companies that change a $20/$100 fee. That’s interest boy. Doesn’t matter what you call it. If their God is all powerful and knowing, surely he can figure out that digusing interest as deferred profit and what not is not cool.