Frequently Asked Questions

Some people think that the only employment opportunities for economics majors are with government agencies, where they will spend their days analyzing things like inflation, unemployment rates, interest rates, and tax rates. And though it’s true that some economics majors do go on to do these things, most choose not to. The truth is, the mathematical and analytical skills that economics majors develop in school are extremely valuable in just about every workplace, making economics one of the most versatile majors out there.

Most economics majors find employment in the business and finance industries, because their familiarity with economic laws and principles is directly applicable to their jobs. Graduates from economics programs are able to forecast financial trends and consumer spending habits, which helps organizations make smart financial, marketing, and product-related decisions.

If you’re interested in economics but you’re turned off by the idea of working in business or finance, we have good news for you as well. The analytical and mathematical skills that economics majors develop in school are applicable to many types of jobs in other areas. Some graduates spend their careers studying things like crime rates, mortality, marriage, divorce, and other types of demographic and behavioral data. This information can be used for many different purposes, including marketing efforts and urban planning.

Ultimately, economics majors have a greater number of career options than graduates from most other programs, and there are positions in virtually every industry that are well-suited to the education that a degree in economics provides.

Remember, employers hire people, not degrees, and your career will only be limited by your own ambition, imagination, and interests.

Note that some emerging occupations such as sustainability consultant/analyst or renewable energy analyst, or the broad range of consultant occupations, are not listed separately by the BLS. They typicall fall under broader management analyst and related occupations.

Click here to view a list that provides just some examples of occupations and career areas for economics graduates. It is drawn from the BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbook circa 2012.

  Sources: Research by economics faculty. BLS occupational outlook. Sources accessed 27 Feb 2014.

To assist our students in achieving a successful college experience, a suggested 4-year pathway (Major Academic Plan) has been developed to use as a planning guide. View the 4-year pathway.

Our advisors schedule their own appointments. You need to contact them (personal contact, phone, or email) and set up an appointment to see them. Some advisors have a sign-up sheet outside their door.

You will need to contact the Economics Department Chair to request a TaskStream account. The Chair will provide you with the information necessary to register. You will be required to upload specific assignments for each of your Econ courses and reflect on what you have submitted. You will also be able to upload any other work that you may want to include in your EPortfolio that you will create in the ECON 490 Capstone course during your senior year. Here is a link to a video which will talk about the EPortfolio, requesting and creating a TaskStream account, and submitting your work.