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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?

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.

Economics majors, especially Economics-Human Health joint majors, receive the foundation to pursue a variety of careers in healthcare including policy analysis, consulting, administration and management, and informatics. Economics majors also pursue pre-health tracks for their future medical careers.

Economics Major Salaries

Emory Economics alumni report the following average salaries in their first job after graduation: 

Average Starting Salary: $69,009

Maximum Starting Salary: $120,000

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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