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Places of Employment 

Places of employment for economists include: government agencies, businesses (banks/financial institutions, insurance companies, market research firms, consulting firms), utilities, research institutes, and educational institutions.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested economics majors. Career-related internships or part-time jobs may be a prerequisite for finding professional-level employment after graduation. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for economics majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

This list is a list of jobs economics majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Account Coordinator for a public relations firm
  • Accountant for a university
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a Japanese cultural exchange program
  • Business Operations Specialist for a strategic management and technology consulting firm
  • Claim Adjuster for an insurance company
  • Community Director for a health charity
  • Contract Specialist for a federal agency
  • Data Analyst for a nonprofit voluntary health organization
  • Development and Communications Coordinator for a philanthropy
  • Economic Research Analyst with a federal agency
  • Economist for the federal government
  • Financial Analyst for an investment firm
  • Financial Planner for a life insurance company
  • Human Resources Representative for a technical staffing company
  • International Anticorruption Analyst for a federal government agency
  • Investment Banking Analyst for a financial management and advisory company
  • Junior Accountant for a technology design and manufacturing firm
  • Legislative Assistant for the US House of Representatives
  • Management Trainee for a rental car company
  • Marketing Assistant for a food products company
  • Marketing Assistant for a book publisher
  • Media Buyer/Planner for an advertising company
  • Meeting Coordinator for a multinational computer technology corporation
  • Merchandiser for a department store
  • Operations Research Associate for marketing research company
  • Project Coordinator for a healthcare devices and supplies company
  • Project Manager for a property development and management company
  • Reporter for a local television affiliate
  • Research Associate for a federal government agency
  • Researcher for public radio
  • Researcher for a public transportation agency
  • Researcher for a strategic management and technology consulting firm
  • Sales Representative for a pharmaceutical company
  • Site Coordinator for government service organization
  • Statistician for a federal government agency
  • Teacher for Teach for America
  • Underwriter for an insurance company
  • Volunteer for the Peace Corps
  • Web Developer, self employed

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  • Labor Economist
  • Associate Economist
  • State Department Economic Analyst
  • Economic Development Director

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Economics Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Economics Majors

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