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Finance (SC)

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Take Investments to a Whole New Level with a Career in Finance

Finance isn’t all about money, but it’s pretty close. 

Help your community grow and prosper through financial leadership. With a career in Finance, you will understand and work with the Federal Reserve System, interest rates, lending principles, financial planning, and finance data analysis. 

Use your knowledge of the financial industry to help your clients or your employer minimize their financial risk by analyzing investments and other regulatory and compliance issues in banking and finance. These are rewarding careers for those who notice details, enjoy problem-solving, and are intrigued with how our financial system works.

Careers in Finance  

Finance is much more than money. It’s research, analysis, business, and so many other things. Careers in this industry are always in demand, and you can work in any sector, anywhere in the world.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a background in Finance.

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

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  $103,430/year
$49.73/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

14,140

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 $32,050/year 
$15.41/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase

16,140

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

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $75,540/year $36.32/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 8% increase

15,150

 

Connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $84,680/year $40.71/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase

20,880

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Finance

You can get a Skill Certificate through LASC’s Finance program where you will gain an in-depth understanding of finance and how it is critical to business:

  • Strengthen your accounting and bookkeeping fundamentals so you can use them as a foundation to the study of finance.
  • Enhance your critical-thinking, reasoning skills, and software skills as you study 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 and begin your job search in the dynamic banking and finance industry.
  • 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 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 Skill Certificate in Finance 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: 16-17

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

  • Use your new knowledge to inspect the complex system of banking and other financial institutions.
  • Examine the relationship between banks, customers, Federal Reserve System, and various regulatory agencies.
Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I 
5
OR  
ACCTG 21 Bookkeeping and Accounting I 3
AND  
ACCTG 22 Bookkeeping and Accounting II  
3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Office Applications: Spreadsheet 
3
COOP ED Cooperative Work Experience Education 
2
FINANCE 1 Principles of Finance 3
FINANCE 15 Principles of Banking
3
TOTAL UNITS 16-17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want to go finance? You can start preparing for your career before your first class begins at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop your Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss support services such as study labs and tutoring that could be beneficial to your academic success. Ask if going to a four-year university would be a good match for your future plans.
  • 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 finance industry and get recommendations on books and magazines to read, blogs to follow and websites of interest.
  • Once you’re at LASC, learn about support services such as tutoring and study labs, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, 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:

  • Use your new knowledge to inspect the complex system of Banking and other financial institutions.
  • Examine the relationship between banks, customers, Federal Reserve System, and various regulatory agencies.