What Can I Do With a Major in Economics?
A degree in Economics prepares you for an analysis of industry
and finance and an understanding of production, consumption, and
distribution of goods and services.
Before you begin to look at the different types of opportunities
available to Economics majors, you must look at yourself and ask
yourself a few basic questions:
What am I good at?
Understand your major strengths, skills and accomplishments.
Some examples of skills and qualities employers look for
Ability to conduct & explain scientific research
Written & oral communication
Ability to explain complex concepts
Ability to collect & organize data
Attention to detail
What do I like to do?
Examine your interests. What kind of life style do I want to
lead? Examine your values...is money what you're after, job
security, challenging work?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, you are not
alone. Make an appointment with an advisor in the Career
Center. We want to help you!
Once you know yourself, you are ready to decide where and how
you want to apply this knowledge.
A bachelor's degree in Economics and the appropriate skills
and/or experience can lead to positions as:
Foreign service officers
Labor relations specialists
Market research analysts
Experience in the field or an advanced degree could lead to
certain positions as:
For information on graduate schools, consult Peterson's.
Typical places of employment are:
Health maintenance organizations
Non-profit organizations, etc...
To help you decide which area to pursue you must do in-depth research into each area of
specialization and/or industry you have an interest in.
and Job Resources on the Internet
Places to begin:
Join the Career Centers COACH
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Talk to people in the field, talk to your professors, write
to and/or join one of the following associations:
American Economic Association 2014 Broadway, Suite 305
Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 322 - 2595
National Association of Business Economists 1233 20th Street, NW
#505 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 463 - 6223 www.nabe.com
International Health Economics Association, 3rd Floor, Abramsky
Hall, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario K7L3N6 Canada (613) 545
For additional lists of Associations consult the Encyclopedia of