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What Can I Do With A Major In Economics?

Economics students learn to think creatively and deeply about some of the most important economic concerns facing the world today. Students learn to apply a variety of theoretical perspectives to issues of economic efficiency, economic growth, globalism, wealth and poverty, power, individual freedom, discrimination, cultural values, and environmental concerns. The Economics major allows exploration of a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary views on economic questions and policy.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Account Executive
Actuary
Affirmative Action Representative
Auditor
Bank Examiner
Bank Officer
Buyer
CIA/FBI/IRS Agent
Chamber of Commerce Director
Claims Adjuster
Commodities Trader
Compensation Administrator
Construction Estimator
Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
Cost Analyst
Economist
Financial Aid Director
Financial Analyst
Foreign Services Officer
Health Policy Planner
Hospital/HMO Administrator
Industrial Transportation Specialist
International Trade Specialist
Investment Banking Counselor
Labor Relations Specialist
Lobbying Researcher
Market Research Analyst
Marketing/Sales Manager
Personnel Manager
Politician Campaign Organizer
Property Manager
Public Administrator/Manager
Public Relations Specialist
Quality Control Analyst
Rate Analyst
Regional Director of Sales
Research Commodity Analyst
Retired Benefits Specialist
Securities Analyst/Broker
Statistician
Stockbroker
Systems Analyst
Tax Preparer
Treasury Management Specialist
Trust Officer

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Accounting Firms
Banks
Brokerage Firms
Business Journals/Publishers
Chambers of Commerce
Collection Agencies
Consulting Firms
Economic Development Council
Economic Research Foundations
Education Institutions
Import/Export Firms
Insurance Companies
Investment Banks
Labor Unions
Manufacturers
Market Research Firms
Personnel Agencies
Pharmaceutical Companies
Retailers
Telecommunications Firms

Government Agencies

Central Intelligence Agency
Commerce Department
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Department of Agriculture
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Environmental Protection Agency
Farm Credit Administration
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank
Federal Trade Commission
General Services Administration
Internal Revenue Service
International Trade Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Securities and Exchange Commission

Transferrable Skills

Communicates and clearly explains scientific research

Writes and speaks proficiently

Possesses strong background in economics theory and econometrics

Explains complex concepts and theories to others

Knows statistical procedures

Collects and organizes data

Possesses proficiency for accurate details

Observes keenly and makes appropriate decisions

Solves problems and makes sound predictions

Operates and uses information derived from computers

Experiential Education

Conducting economic feasibility research for local or state government

Administering research regarding land/economics use for county commissioners

Analyzing population statistics for Census Bureau

Professional Associations

American Economic Association,
aeaweb.org

International Association for Business Economics,
iea-world.com

National Association for Business Economics,
nabe.com

National Economic Association,
neaecon.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Acquire advanced sophisticated mathematical and statistical knowledge

Develop the ability to think in theoretical terms and apply to practical situations

Develop advanced computer skills as well as mathematical and problem solving abilities

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: University of Delaware, Ashland University, quintcareers.com, Rutgers