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Economics & Finance Department

Professional Opportunities

A college degree is a major step toward achieving career goals. Professional certifications and associations can provide additional credentials in demonstrating qualifications and skills.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Individuals achieving the status of Chartered Financial Analyst are recognized as achieving the highest standards of excellence in the investment industry.  Becoming a CFA is a multistep process. Obtaining a degree in Financial Analysis from LSUS is a good starting point for gaining core knowledge. For additional requirements beyond graduation, visit: https://www.cfainstitute.org/.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
The CFP designation is granted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Individuals who obtain the CFP status are recognized for excellence, competence, and ethical standards in the field of financial planning. A Bachelor's degree in Finance from LSUS is a first step in qualifying for a CFP designation. For additional requirements beyond graduation, visit: http://www.cfp.net/. 

Louisiana Real Estate License
Students completing an LSUS Bachelor's degree in Financial Services may wish to continue their education by completing the state requirement to obtain a Real Estate License. The Louisiana Real Estate Commission oversees licensing regulations. For additional information, visit: https://www.lrec.state.la.us/home/

Louisiana Insurance License
Students completing an LSUS Bachelor's degree in Financial Services may wish to continue their education by completing the state requirement to obtain an Insurance License. LSUS has a strong working relationship with the State Legislative program RS 22:2143 through the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services. The Louisiana Department of Insurance oversees licensing regulations. Additional information is available at: https://www.ldi.la.gov/

Professional Organizations
LA Real Estate Commission:  http://www.lrec.state.la.us/
LA Real Estate Appraisal Board:  http://www.lreasbc.state.la.us/