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"My two business degrees from LSSU were instrumental in preparing me to work at all levels of Edison Sault Electric (ESE), concluding with the privilege of becoming ESE President in 1998. My company also takes pride in that 14 out of a total of 17 management personnel and about 20% of hourly employees at ESE either have degrees from or have attended a substantial number of classes at LSSU. Finally, our company and employees have contributed in excess of $500,000 to various LSSU projects over the last 25 years. ESE Believes in Blue."

Don Sawruk '70
Edison Sault Electric Company
President and CEO
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Finance & Economics

Organizations need planners and problem-solvers, people who are logical thinkers.
The Core of a Sound Business

The study of finance and economics develops the capacity for analytical reasoning and critical thinking, the most important decision making tools in business, government, education, and in your personal life. Organizations need planners and problem-solvers, people who are logical thinkers. Economists and financiers learn to develop accurate information upon which to make decisions from the vast quantities of complex and often conflicting data generated in today’s global economy. Employers hire these professionals because of their abilities for careful analysis, planning and decision making.

Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education

This degree program is an excellent preparation for graduate and professional education in such fields as finance, economics, accounting, business administration and law. Graduates may seek professional certification in related professions such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

  • Economist — Develops forecasts of the economy, industry and sales of the firm. Monitors and assesses economic events. Assesses the effect of market developments and government policy on the firm. Conducts research such as estimates of market demand and costs.
  • Marketing Researcher — Identifies and analyzes potential markets. Researches current markets. Determines market potential among current customers. Develops share analysis. Evaluates sales promotion. Forecasts market shares.
  • Statistician — Develops ways to measure organizational activity. Uses statistical techniques to determine if current operations deviate from established standards. Constructs tables and graphs to communicate information effectively.
  • Financial Manager — Prepares budgets and financial forecasts. Manages cash and credit. Evaluates projects. Procures funds. Develops strategic plans.
  • Financial Services Professional — Manages banks and other financial institutions. Prepares financial plans. Works in nvestments, real estate, insurance and tax and estate planning.
  • Portfolio Manager — Construct stock and/or bond portfolios to help clients meet their risk return objectives. These are just a few of the available career choices.

Average Salary of Graduates (NACE)

  • $53,449
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Anna Wilson, '06 Marketing

"Lake State is a local University that gave me the option to earn my education while located close to my family. My short-term goal is to gain as much experience as possible in the community and to possibly continue my education toward a Masters Degree. Id like to continue my work within the city and take advantage of opportunities to be more involved in local politics. In the long term, after Ive made myself as competitive as possible in the marketing field, Id like to get a job at a medium to large size company and work more with individual products or brands as opposed to marketing a company itself." [ more ]

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