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An undergraduate degree in Economics leads to a great diversity of professional opportunities for those who wish to pursue graduate education as well as for those who want to enter the workforce immediately after college.

What Can You Do With An Economics Degree?

Job FieldsContinuing Education Fields
  • Consulting
  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Data Analytics
  • Advertising, Media, PR
  • Customer/Technical Support
  • Other
  • Public Health
  • Professional Master's Degree (MBA)
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Arts and Science Master's Degree (MA, MS)
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Analytics
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Computational Social Science
  • Law, Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Finance
  • Computer and Informational Science

Graduate Pursuits

  • MBA
    • Economics provides the theoretical background for many business courses and an ideal preparation for those who seek an MBA.
  • PhD in Economics/Finance
    • Our recent graduates have entered graduate programs at Harvard, Chicago, Berkeley, Virginia, and Georgetown among others.
    • Emory Economics PhD program is highly competitive with research in the focus areas of Macroeconomics, Health Economics, Microeconomics and Econometrics
  • Law School
    • The curriculum in most research-oriented law schools uses economic analysis extensively.
    • The economics majors' average score in Law School Admission Test is in the top three comparing to all majors.
  • Public Health
  • Business Analytics
  • Computer/Information Science
  • Public Policy

Top Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • London School of Economics
  • Northeastern University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Oxford
  • Duke University

Primary Industries

Average Starting Salary: $69,009

Maximum Starting Salary: $120,000

Most public policy issues have a strong economic dimension; therefore, economics is a natural undergraduate major for those interested in public policy, public administration, or public health.

Our recent graduates have secured jobs at J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young, Prudential, Bank of America, Signet Bank, UBS, Credit Suisse, ING, Wachovia, Robinson-Humphrey, The Brattle Group, and Smith Barney, among other places.

  • Economics is the science of how supply and demand affect the economy, including the behavior of companies and consumers. Advertising managers must understand how the products they need to promote fit into the current economy and how to create a demand for them.
  • Market research analysts tap knowledge of industry trends to assess how products or services might fare under various economic conditions. They are trained to design studies and to gather and analyze data. They must be able to quantify results and present this information to clients.
  • Our recent graduates have secured jobs at Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter, Kemper, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, Nordstrom, & Deutsche Bank among other places.

Many private-sector job opportunities are available for economics majors in the banking industry, brokerage houses, investment banks, insurance companies, and law firms.

Work as a financial analyst, risk management analyst, forecaster, or analyst staff member in litigation or merger and acquisition departments.

  • Work at the Federal Reserve Bank in the research department or as analysts in the compliance and enforcement divisions of the Bank
  • Become a policy analyst or research associate in various government agencies at the federal, state, or local level, as well as in the think tanks throughout the United States.

Career Links

AfterCollege Economics Career Network

AfterCollege is the largest career network for college students and alumni. Top tier local and national employers like Chamberlin Edmonds, Edward Jones, Eli Lilly and Company and SNI Financial use AfterCollege to target their recruiting search by school and department.

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The Career Center

Career counselors assist students to clarify goals, assess personal abilities and values, and systematically explore academic major and career options. Campus recruiting, resume workshops, career counseling, job search strategies, internships, graduate school, etc.

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Internship Exchange

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This website provides useful information about economists and the job market. The tabs titled "What They Do" and "How to Become One" are especially informative.

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