What Can I Do With a Major In Economics?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! Economics majors go on to successful careers in business, economic analysis, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, research, and much more.

The Department of Economics offers three degrees: BS, BA, and BA with quantitative emphasis. Learn more about these programs on the economics department site.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and economics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong quantitative reasoning abilities
  • Statistical analysis abilities
  • Information management
  • Analytical thinking and attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to conduct and explain scientific research
  • Ability to model economic behavior
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills  

Interest code: IAS

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are economics alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for economics majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Finance Intern - State Street
  • Quality Assurance Intern - Concrete Software, Inc.
  • Sales Representative - University Directories
  • Finance and Marketing Intern
  • Life Insurance Sales Agent Intern - China Life Insurance Co. Ltd
  • Category Management Intern - Kellogg Company
  • FEB Intern - Minnesota Federal Executive Board
  • Trade Services Intern - French-American Chamber of Commerce MN
  • Assessment and Taxes Intern
  • Sales and Category Management Intern - Land O'Lakes Inc.
  • CPDS Logistics - C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Entry-Level

  • Bankruptcy Specialist - Ally Financial Inc.
  • Sales Transaction Associate - Best Buy
  • Guest Service Agent - Caesar's Entertainment Corporation
  • Staffing Consultant - Randstad
  • Business Development Representative - Epicor Software
  • Accounts Payable Specialist - US Bank
  • Customer Development Analyst - Unilever
  • Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
  • Financial Planning Associate - Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
  • Financial Representative - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Client Support Associate - Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
  • Research Associate - National Propane Gas Association
  • Outside Sales Representative - B&F Fastener Supply
  • Accounting Assistant - New Century Business Service Inc.
  • Project Director - Maritz Research
  • Sales Analyst - Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Deduction Analyst - Eaton Corporation
  • Project Manager - Epic
  • Business Development Representative - Epicor Software Corp

Experienced

  • Billing Specialist - SPS Commerce
  • Benefit Design - Prime Therapeutics
  • Director - Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Insurance Account Representative - State Farm
  • Senior Assistant Brand Manager - Unilever
  • International Purchasing Coordinator - Polaris Industries
  • Search Strategist - Publicis Groupe
  • Lead Client Support Associate - Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
  • Athletic Specialist - JCC
  • Logistics Planning Manager - Goldstar Transportation
  • Senior Analyst - Kellogg Company
  • Credit Analyst - Eaton-Hydraulics Business
  • Financial Consultant - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Billing Analyst - SPS Commerce
  • Inside Sales Representative - IdentiSys
  • Tax Processor - RSM US LLP
  • Senior Assistant Customer & Channel Development Manager - Unilever
  • Supply & Production Planner - Syngenta
  • Supply Chain Analyst - adidas group
  • Consultant - ARPC
  • Credit and Collections Representative - EFI
  • Senior Billing Analyst - SPS Commerce
  • Associate Category Management Manager - Unilever
  • Supply Chain Planner - Land O'Lakes Inc.
  • Management Consulting Analyst - Accenture
  • Manager - Ankura Consulting Group
  • Credit Analyst - Andersen Corporation
  • Agency Owner - TUOPU Luxury Travel
  • Junior Strategic Analyst - Team One

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Communication Management - University of Southern California
Technology, Data, & Analytics

Entry-Level

  • Policy Service Technician/Rater Trainee - Berkley Risk Administrators
  • Data Analyst - Tarleton State University

Experienced

  • Software Developer - Collaborative Consulting
  • Sr. Engineering and Scientific Recruiter - Experis (Manpower Group)
  • Associate IT Specialist
  • Junior Scientist - University of Minnesota*
  • Underwriting Assistant/Data Quality Analyst - Trean Corporation & Benchmark Insurance Company
  • Net Developer - Codeworks. Inc.*
  • Business Intelligence Analyst/Report Developer - Trean Corporation
  • Software Engineer - Guaranty Bank FSB*
  • Data Scientist - Center for Agribusiness Excellence (CAE)-RMA-USDA*
  • Software Engineer - Red Arrow Labs*
  • Senior Associate, Decision Sciences - Capital One

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Mathematics with Emphasis on Data Mining, Mathematics and Statistics - Tarleton State University - Texas A&M
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Sweepstakes Intern - Young America
  • Marketing Intern - Keller Williams Integrity Realty
  • Marketing Intern - Jumper Cable Marketing
  • Account/Strategic Planning Intern - Barkley
  • Data Analysis Intern - FRWD Co

Entry-Level

  • Media Analyst - McCann Worldgroup

Experienced

  • Media Strategist - McCann Worldgroup
  • Advertising and Accounting Assistant - J. Patterson Construction

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Communication Management - University of Southern California
Education

Entry-Level

  • Corps Member - City Year
  • LSO Senior Representative - Capella University
  • Experienced
  • ESOL and Civics Instructor - New American Integration Program
  • English Teaching Assistant - Fulbright
  • Bilingual Administrative Assistant - National Council of La Raza
  • Tutor - The Tutoring Center, Fitchburg
  • High School Social Studies Teacher - Ederton High School
  • LSO Specialist - Capella University

Graduate Programs

  • Accelerated Secondary Licensure Program, Broadfield Social Studies - Edgewood College
  • MS, Psychology - Capella University
  • MA, Communication Management - University of Southern California
  • MA, Mathematics with Emphasis on Data Mining, Mathematics and Statistics - Tarleton State University - Texas A&M