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Economics (SC)

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Increase your Knowledge and Job Prospects with a Deep Dive into Economics

This program will provide you with a focused study of economics and all it entails. Take time to thoroughly understand multiple facets of economics, from accounting to basic economic principles and how they integrate in business systems.

Use your knowledge of our free market economy and apply these details for a more comprehensive understanding of economics as a whole. Business operations depend on solid economic principles. This skill certificate will provide you with knowledge of these principles so you can assist your employer in strategy and planning.

Your critical thinking and reasoning skills will be critical in business and economics to be competitive in your marketplace. Not only is economics one of the fundamentals of buying and selling, but also of trends and forecasts. Successful businesses need to understand this information to be able to change when needed and stay on top of the trends.

Careers in Skill Certificate Economics  

A Skill Certificate in Economics will help boost your career with excellent potential and tremendous opportunities in the business sector, as well as in non-profit organizations, science fields, and government agencies. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a background in Economics: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $120,680/year $58.02/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 20% increase

25,000

Prepare and examine financial records.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $84,430/year $40.59/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

148,600

Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $109,640/year $52.71/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

37,900

Collect and analyze data, research trends, and evaluate economic issues for resources, goods, and services.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $124,430/year $59.82/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 8% increase

1,430

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Economics

You can get a Skill Certificate (SC) through LASC’s Business Administration: Economics program where you will gain a focused understanding of the practices and principles of economics:

  • Study the basics of a free-market economy and the principles of economics, including supply and demand, business law, and accounting.
  • Learn how the world of business works and how to apply economic principles to analyze efficiencies for maximum profit.
  • Consider an internship so you can build your career connections, gain work experience, and create community ties for after you graduate and begin your job search.
  • Check for upcoming innovative workshops, events, and business fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to strengthen your business skills, network with community leaders and local business owners, and develop a deeper knowledge for all of the different aspects of business.
  • Want to transfer? Get an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration: Economics and save money on your first two years of college learning from innovative, dedicated faculty. Check with your academic counselor to make sure the courses and units you are taking will transfer to your chosen university.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Below are the courses you will take to earn the LASC Skill Certificate in Economics along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 505.00
Total Units Required: 26 

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

  • Understand and apply business terminology used in business scenarios, and be proficient with commonly used office software systems.
  • Use economic principles to analyze various economic activities in the context of national and global ramifications.
Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I 5
ACCTG 2 Introductory Accounting II 5
BUS 1 Introduction to Business 3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Office Applications Spreadsheet 3
ECON 1 Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 2 Principles of Economics II 3
MATH 227 Statistics 4
TOTAL UNITS 26

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want a career in business and economics? You can begin preparing for your career before your first class starts:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop your Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss different support services and opportunities you can benefit from while at LASC. 
  • Research and follow blogs and social media influencers to learn more about the business and economics industries. Read magazines and books to go in depth and learn about this dynamic industry.
  • Once you’re at LASC, learn about support services such as tutoring and study labs, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs, organizations, and business events and workshops held at the School of Career & Technical Education. Become a student ambassador, or run for student government. These activities create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to your education and leadership skills. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Understand and apply business terminology used in business scenarios, and be proficient with commonly used office software systems.
  • Use economic principles to analyze various economic activities in the context of national and global ramifications.