A Degree in Economics

Economics majors have wide choices of courses and careers. Many supplement their majors with cognate courses to prepare for careers in business, the world of finance, public policy, labor markets, journalism, health care administration, or public service.  


Transferable Skills

An economics degree offers:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical problem solving
  • Interpreting findings using models, charts and graphs 
  • Conducting research findings using clear, accurate, and concise writing
  • Designing, leading and interpreting research and statistical analysis 


Some Careers in Economics


Median Salary

(Per Year)

Market Growth


Actuaries $97,07014%
Auditors $67,1909% to 13%
Budget Analysts $71,5902% to 4%
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $94,0009% to 13%
Economists  $99,1805% to 8%
Environmental Economists $99,1805% to 8%
Financial Analysts $80,3109% to 13%
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $62,15014%
Personal Financial Advisors $89,16014%
Risk Management Specialists $66,670 5% to 8%

Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

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Graduate Study

An Economics degree offers a solid foundation for graduate study in: 

  • Law School
  • Medical School
  • MBA Program
  • Public Policy 

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Notable People With an Economics Major


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