Economics is the study of how people choose to use resources. As an economics major you will learn skills to help you be successful in a wide variety of careers.

What can I do with an economics major?

 

Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics is a good choice for students interested in studying real-world problems and the application of economics and business knowledge. The Bachelor of Science degree is also a good choice if you plan to pursue graduate-level work in business, law, public policy or international studies.   

Fact Sheet: BA in Economics

Careers for Economics Majors

A career in Economics... it's more than you think (Video - External Site)


(Source: American Economics Association)

CAREER EARNINGS 

One way to think about career opportunities is to consider the level of earnings typically found with different levels and kinds of education in different careers. 

THE CORPORATE WORLD & THE MBA

Most economics majors pursue employment in the private sector. Graduates in economics succeed in many occupations. Some students plan to earn the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in time. Others find employment with the BA is sufficient to fulfill their aspirations.

ECONOMIC CONSULTING

Some economists with BA degrees find employment as research associates with economic consulting firms. Consultants advise firms on business strategies, prepare economic evidence for court cases, and develop analyses to influence public policy.

LAW AND OTHER PROFESSIONS

Law school is also a common destination for recent graduates in economics. The careful reasoning in economics is a good fit for law and many careers in the law influence significant economic decisions for firms.

GOVERNMENT AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Some students enter government service or choose jobs with non-profit entities. Governments at every level hire economists for their facility with statistics and analysis. 

PROFESSORS, TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS OF ECONOMICS

Some graduates in economics are interested in academic careers. They are drawn by the love of the study of economics and the prospect of teaching and writing about economics as a career.


See the American Economics Association website for more information on Careers in Economics.