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Career Opportunities with a Major in Economics

Economics is the scientific study of the allocation of scarce or limited resources among competing uses. The study of economics provides specialized and general knowledge of the operation of economic systems and institutions and a knowledge of fundamental economic principles with an emphasis on the basic operation of a market system. This training is extremely valuable to the student regardless of the career objective.

Specialized courses provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of domestic and foreign economies and the quantitative tools needed to apply economic theory and analysis in business, legal, and governmental decision making. Such skills are essential for positions as professional economists, the pursuit of graduate studies in many business-related fields, or admission to law school. While many positions as a professional economist require graduate training, employment opportunities are available in local, national, and international business; local, state, and federal government and in various nonprofit organizations.

Skills Related to Economics

  • Ability to precisely examine, analyze and interpret data

  • Ability to think critically and active listening skills

  • Research skills

  • Ability to give advice on business

  • Investigative skills

  • Ability to prepare and write reports

  • Sound decision-making abilities

  • Proficiency in oral and written communications

  • Knowledge of economic theory, history, practices, and trends

  • Ability to operate and use information derived from computers

  • Knowledge of statistical procedures

  • Focus on economic and fiscal trends

Potential Careers Related to Economics

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with an economics major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which economics majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Accountant Account Rep Investments Actuary
Appraiser Auditor Bank Manager
Bank Representative Budget Analyst Buyer
Claims Adjuster Controller Credit Analyst
Credit / Loan Worker Economist Entrepreneur
Financial Analyst Foreign Service Officer Historian
Economist Internal Revenue Agent Labor Relations Specialist
Environmental Economist Financial Manager Market Research Analyst
Mutual Fund Representative Political Scientist Purchasing Manager
Regional Planner Risk Analyst Sales Forecaster
Securities Analyst Stockbroker Financial planner
Tax Examiner Technical Writer Trust Officer
Urban/Regional Planner Financial Manager Insurance Underwriter
Loan Officer/Counselor Brokerage Cerk CEO
Market Surveyor Insurance Sales Agent Real Estate Broker
Public Relations Specialist    

Employers in Economics

  • Labor Unions

  • Market Research Firms

  • Personnel Supply Services

  • Investment Firms

  • Civic/Taxpayer Associations

  • Computer and Data Processing Services

  • Advertising Agencies

  • Environmental Associations

  • Healthcare Institutions

  • Industry and Trade Associations

  • Insurance Industries

  • Management and Public Relations Firms

  • Public Relations Firms

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Professional Journals

  • Regional Planning Councils

  • Government Agencies

  • Insurance Companies

  • Banks/Savings Institutions

  • Political Action Groups

  • Chambers of Commerce

  • Securities Firms

  • State and Federal Governments

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Economics


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple web documents.


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