Lake Superior State University
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Alum Success

Lake Superior State University's School of Business has presented its distinguished alumni award to David G. Saunders, a tax partner with BDO Canada LLP. The award recognizes Saunders' work ethic and his leadership in civic and corporate endeavors.

David Saunders

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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