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Old 06-22-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Default Russellville and/or Fort Smith Job Market

A family member of mine wants to go back to school to get a business degree. I told him that I thought Economics, Finance, or Accounting would be the best way to go. I know that those are the kinds of business jobs that are in Little Rock. I don't know about Russellville or Fort Smith, though.

Do you also think that one of these degrees would be best? And, if so, do you have any suggestions about what places have those types of jobs? I also told him I thought it'd be a good idea to take some Computer Science classes.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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In order of the "best" degree or rather which one will bring the most job prospects: Accounting, Economics, Finance. Finance and Economics could really be tied for second place...

I know Fort Smith has been battered with a lot of their manufacturing jobs being lost...Russellville is somewhat of a college town and there might be more job prospects there.

Why not consider Fayettville? I think Little Rock and Fayettville are the best places in terms of job prospects.

He could work at a bank, for the state, in a university (accounting department, financial aid if he majors in Finance), and just a general corporate office.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Thanks, I didn't realize Fort Smith was having problems. Fayetteville might also be okay, I think it's a little further away from where he lives, but it might be something to consider. He sounded most interest in Economics, so maybe that would be a good way for him to go.

I wish they lived in Little Rock...I can think of several options or even recommend him for a job where I work. But they have a house in Northwest Arkansas and they're pretty much settled there.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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I don't know a whole lot about that specific type of job in Russellville, but the economy is healthy here. We have a lot of new construction projects going up, from what I can tell there's not been any massive layoffs anywhere, etc.

Russellville certainly doesn't have the type of white-collar jobs you'll find in LR or NWA, but as far as other Arkansas towns go, I would think it's better than most.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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My opinion, Accounting and then get a CPA license. Creates more opportunity. Little Rock is the best place for white collar jobs. Would not recommend Fort Smith.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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Also, I know you did not ask but the health care industry is the best industry to be in right now.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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You don't want to come to Fort Smith with a business degree. UA - Fort Smith is churning out business students who can't get any work around here that pays more than $8 an hour.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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Get an engineering degree. If you are scared of math get an indutrial engineering degree. There are lots of interesting areas to work in and every university doesn't churn out thousands of them every year like they do business majors.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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Get an engineering degree. If you are scared of math get an indutrial engineering degree. There are lots of interesting areas to work in and every university doesn't churn out thousands of them every year like they do business majors.
Not a bad idea. I think UA has an engineering program but Georgia Tech is the 7th ranked engineering school in the ENTIRE WORLD. Go Yellow Jackets! Sorry, had to throw that in.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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UA does have a good engineering program, and you can actually get the UA -Fayetteville Engineering degree through UA -Fort Smith.
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