There are three principal career paths available to an economics major in the fields of business, government and academics.

The Business Economist

The primary role of a Business Economist is to help firms understand and adapt to a changing economic environment. Business Economists interpret and forecast the general economic climate, analyze conditions specific to their firm and aid the firm's operational efficiency.

 

The Government Economist

The range of jobs for Economists is as broad as government itself. Government Economists work for agencies in the fields of Agriculture, Business, Banking and Insurance, Finance, Labor, Transportation, Utilities, Urban Economics and International Trade.

 

The Academic Economist

There are many opportunities for Economics majors to teach at the high school and college levels. At the collegiate level, Ph.D. Economists will continuously be in high demand.

Beyond these paths, Economics majors find work in almost all industries. Economics will teach you how to develop your analytical problem-solving skills that are in demand in every sector of the economy.

 

Below are some occupations you can receive with an Economics degree:

  • Account Representative

  • Benefits Consultant

  • Attorney

  • Brand Manager

  • Energy Analyst

  • International Tax Manager

  • Legislative Aid

  • Operations Manager

  • Professor

  • Service Manager

  • Underwriter

  • Vice President

Employment of economists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. In 2017, the national median annual wage for economists was $102,490 per year*, while the average starting pay was $51,000.

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