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Learn more about a major in economicsAll 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, analytical thinking and attention to detail, and ability to model economic behavior.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IAS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples 

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major!

Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

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.
  • Sales Intern, Digital River
  • Business Intelligence and Market Analysis Intern, Allinga Consulting Group
  • Accounting Intern, US Bank
  • Brokerage Intern, River Realty
  • Finance Intern, Pentair
  • Commercial Banking Intern, US Bank
  • Auditing Intern, TADS
  • Financial Analyst Intern, General Mills
  • Sweepstakes Intern - Young America
  • Marketing Intern - Keller Williams Integrity Realty
  • Marketing Intern - Jumper Cable Marketing
  • Account/Strategic Planning Intern - Barkley

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

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Big Data Analyst Intern, Joycity Corporation
  • Merchandise Analyst Intern, Kohls
  • Healthcare Analytics Analyst - Intern, Marshfield Clinic Healthcare System
  • IT Portfolio Operations Intern, Excel Energy
  • Data Science Intern, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Operations Analyst Intern, Optum
  • Linguistics Tester, Apple
  • Data Analysis Intern - FRWD Co
  • Research Scientist, Pfizer

Entry-Level

  • Joycity Corporation
  • 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
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Corps Member - City Year
  • LSO Senior Representative - Capella University
  • English Teacher, People Team

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 - Edgerton 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

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.