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Investments & Securities

70 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
58 Master's Degrees Annually
#89 in Popularity
$100,990 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Investments & Securities Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many investments and securities graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Graduate Certificate 118
Bachelor’s Degree 79
Master’s Degree 53
Basic Certificate 49

What Investments & Securities Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to investments and securities and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Investments and Securities Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Investments and Securities Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to investments and securities:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Investments and Securities Majors

A major in investments and securities will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Investments & Securities Major?

People with a investments and securities degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Financial Analysts 10.8% $85,660
Sales Agents, Financial Services 6.2% $64,120
Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities 6.2% $64,120
Securities and Commodities Traders 6.2% $64,120

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Investments & Securities?

79 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
9% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 89% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of investments and securities majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 62
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Investments and Securities appeals to people across the globe. About 10.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Investments & Securities Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $98,770 to $103,330 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to investments and securities. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Investments & Securities Major  ( 98770 to 103330 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with investments and securities require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to investments and securities have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 14.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.0%
Some College Courses 2.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 38.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.2%
Master’s Degree 13.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 20.9%

Online Investments & Securities Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 28 schools offered some type of investments and securities program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 7 2
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 9 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Investments & Securities Worth It?

The median salary for a investments and securities grad is $100,990 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 153% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,221,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to investments and securities.

Major Number of Grads
Finance 52,394
Financial Planning & Services 3,544
Banking and Financial Support Services 1,135
Other Finance and Financial Management Services 406
International Finance 73
Public Finance 34
Credit Management 7
Financial Risk Management 1

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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