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Banking & Finance (AA)

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Working with Money Is Exciting! Welcome to the Banking and Finance Industry.

Don’t just use mobile banking, be on the inside of the bank and process the transactions. Become a financial advisor and help people manage their money and investments. Help your community grow and prosper through lending and financial leadership.

Use your knowledge of the financial industry to monitor stocks and bonds in trading circles to help your customers make sound financial decisions for their future. Help a young couple obtain financing to purchase their first home. Work with an economic develop group to bring a major employer to town and help provide jobs for your community. 

The banking and finance industry is a busy and exciting place to work, with many opportunities for advancement and growth.

Careers in Banking and Finance  

Banking and Finance are integral to all business transactions around the globe. With a career in this industry you can work anywhere in the world. Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a degree: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $85,660/year $41.18/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
329,500

 

Responsible for accurately processing routine transactions at a bank.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $30,630/year
$14.73/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Short-term on-the-job training
4% increase 
(as fast as average)
16,140

Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $63,040/year $30.31/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
8% increase
(faster than average)
316,200

Provide advice to help individuals manage their finances and plan for their financial future.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $88,890/year $47.23/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase
(faster than average)
271,700

 

Connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $64,120/year $30.83/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)
442,400

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Banking & Finance

You can get Associate in Arts (AA) through LASC’s Banking and Finance program where you will gain an in depth understanding of banking and finance and how they are critical to global operations:

  • Improve your understanding of global economics and how your local economy feeds into the larger picture through the fundamentals of finance in the banking industry.
  • Enhance your critical-thinking and reasoning skills as you study accounting, business law, mathematics, and banking and financial principles. Learn about topics like interest rates and how they affect purchasing power and what it means to financial institutions, businesses, and consumers.
  • Consider an internship so you can build your career connections, gain work experience, and create community ties for after you graduate to begin your job search in the dynamic banking and finance industry.
  • Want to transfer? Get an Associate in Arts degree in Banking and Finance and save money on your first two years of college learning from faculty experts. Visit your academic counselor for details.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Below are the courses you will take to earn the LASC Associate in Arts in Banking and Finance degree along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 504.00 

Total Units Required: 60 

Certificate of Achievement in Banking and Finance

Skill Certificates:

   Bookkeeping

   Business and Technology Skills

   Finance

   Income Tax Form

Upon successfully completing this program, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze the ethical concepts, legal implications, considerations and practices that guide online forums. 

  1. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the production, editing and presentation of visual and textual, or other web-based content. 

Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I 5
ACCTG 2 Introductory Accounting II 5
BUS 1 Introduction to Business 3
BUS 5 Business Law I 3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Applications 3
FIN 1 Principles of Finance 3
FIN 15 Principles of Banking 3
ECON 1 Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 2 Principles of Economics II 3
TOTAL UNITS 31
 
Recommended Electives Units
CAOT 1 Computer Keyboarding I 3
CAOT 82 Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office 3
CAOT 83 Microcomputer Office Applications: Operating Systems 1
MATH 235 Finite Mathematics 5
MATH 236 Calculus for Business and Social Science  5

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want to go into banking and finance? You can start preparing for your career before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and you can discuss if there are any four-year colleges or universities that would be a good match for your career goals. 
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has a business club and join it. Talk to your teachers about your interest in the banking and financial fields and get recommendations on books and magazines to read, blogs to follow and websites of interest.

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills needed to work in a supervisory capacity in a bank after some initial training.
  • Examine the broad operations of a bank or financial institution.
  • Use a spreadsheet for banking needs to analyze data for reporting to senior management.
  • Examine the legal implication of various financial transactions.