What can I do with an economics degree?
Many jobs for economics majors involve some sort of data analysis. You might work in an oil company analyzing price data and market trends, in an investment bank analyzing financial data from publicly traded companies, in a manufacturing firm analyzing sales across regions, costs of production and worker productivity across plants, in a consulting firm evaluating the healthcare costs of the employees of a company, writing policy briefs for a lawmaker, working as a research assistant in a think-tank, collecting and managing economic and demographic data in a state or federal government agency; amongst many others. Other positions are related to sales teams where your training in economics allows you to understand and communicate market and business strategies. As discussed here, the training in economics provides a variety of analytical skills that are not job-specific but instead has applications to many job positions and industries. The pie chart below shows the industries where economics majors end up working. Most are in managing, finance, business and sales related.
Some job titles
- Market, Pricing, Industry or Data Analyst
- Assistant Project Manager
- Project Administrator
- Financial Assistant
- Leasing Consultant
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Loan Officer
- Field Marketing Associate
- Sales, Marketing and Advertising Manager
- Securities, Commodities & Financial Serv. Sales Agent
- Real Estate Broker and Sales Agent
- Insurance Agent
- Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representative
- Administrative Assistant
- State Policy Analyst
- Research Assistant
- Operations Research System. Analyst
- Systems Analyst
Here are other good articles about what you can do with a degree in economics.