What Can I do With a Degree in Economics?

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List of Employers and Job Titles Developed from Jobs Posted in Handshake for Economics Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's 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.

  • Anvil Media, Inc. — Account Coordinator
  • Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) — Industry Economist
  • Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Department of the Interior — Economist
  • Capital One — Analyst, Data Analyst
  • Campbell Group, The — Forestry Planning Analyst
  • Chase — Credit Examiner
  • City of Beaverton — Economic Development (CDBG) Project Coordinator, Economic Development Manager
  • City of Hillsboro — Development Project Coordinator, Financial Analyst
  • City of Portland — Economic Opportunity Program Specialist, Senior Financial Analyst
  • City of Redmond — Budget Analyst
  • City of Salem — Labor Relations Administrator, Treasury Officer
  • Columbia Sportswear — Buyer 1
  • Cowlitz County — Chief Business-Industrial Appraiser
  • Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture — Economist
  • Economic Insight - Economic Analysis, Litigation Support and Energy Expert
  • Energy Trust of Oregon — Planning Project Engineer
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation — Financial Institution Specialists through the Corporate Employee Program, a three-year career internship program where participants learn about all aspects of the FDIC's financial institution regulatory program.
  • Federal Reserve Board — Economist, Research Assistant
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco — Research Associate 1
  • Fisher Investments — Investments Associate, Account Executive, Financial Services Representative
  • GTS Services, LLC — Finance Manager
  • Home Forward — Assistant Director of Resident Services
  • Intel — Finance Analyst, Operations Finance
  • Internal Revenue Service — Economist, Internal Revenue Officer, Operations Research Analyst
  • Kaiser Permanente — Senior Analyst, Technical Support Analyst, Senior Director, Information Management Strategy
  • McCullough Research — Energy Associate
  • Mercy Corps International — Agriculture Project Officer, Small Business Loan Officer
  • Moss Adams LLP — Financial Analyst
  • Metro/MERC — Assistant, Associate and/or Senior Transportation Modeler, Assistant Regional Planner
  • Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort — Vault/Audit Staff
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) — Credit Union Examiner
  • Nike — Capital Planning Analyst, Logistics Analyst
  • NPC Research (Northwest Professional Consortium Inc.) — Project Coordinator/Data Manager, Project Director/Data Analyst
  • Oregon Business Development — Economist 3
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality — Fiscal Analyst 2 - Budget Analyst
  • Oregon Department of Revenue
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, Financial Services, Financial and Economic Analysis Unit — State Transportation Economist/Chief Analyst
  • Oregon Employment Department — Employment Economist 1, Employment Economist 2
  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) — Accounting Technician, Research Associate/Statistical Programmer
  • Oregon Lottery — Research Analyst 1
  • Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
  • Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) — Internal Auditor 3
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission, Economic Research and Financial Analysis Division — Utility Analyst (Utility Economist)
  • Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division — State Auditor 1
  • PacifiCorp — Energy Market Trader, Risk Management Analyst, Lead Energy Market Analyst, Trader — Energy Transaction, Risk Analyst, Regulatory Consultant, Energy Portfolio Analyst, Business System Analyst
  • Pension Consulting Alliance — Financial Analyst
  • Port of Portland — Senior Research Analyst, Financial Analyst III
  • Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission (PDC) — Economic Development Director, Senior Project/Program Coordinator, Senior Budget Analyst, Principal Debt Analyst, Team Division Manager, Principal Budget Analyst, Project Program Manager
  • Portland General Electric (PGE) — Business Analyst, Power Analyst
  • Portland Public Schools — Data Analyst
  • Precision Castparts Corp — Senior Buyer, Purchasing Analyst
  • Regence Group — Healthcare Informatics Analyst
  • RVK — Associate Consultant
  • Seattle City Light — Strategic Advisor for Integrated Resource Planning
  • St. Paul Travelers Companies — Underwriter Insurance Associate
  • State of Oregon — Fiscal Analyst 2 - Budget Analyst, Operations & Policy Analyst 3, Procurement & contract Specialist 3, Internal Auditor 1, Government Auditor 2
  • State of Oregon Legislative Administration Committee — Economist
  • TransCanada — Business Analyst
  • Travelers Insurance — Underwriting Trainee
  • TriMet — Executive Director, Government Affairs, Maintenance Analyst
  • Umatilla County — Director of Economic Development
  • US Department of Agriculture — Auditor (requires 15 credit hours of accounting)
  • US District Court - Oregon — Finance Support Specialist
  • Waddell & Reed — Financial Planner/Advisor
  • Worksystems, Inc. — Director of Community Investments

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Careers Reported by Recent Economics Graduates on College/University Surveys

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. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Account Coordinator for a public relations firm
  • Accountant for a university
  • Agent for a commercial real estate firm
  • Agent for an insurance/financial services company
  • Allocation Analyst for a pharmacy retail store chain
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a Japanese cultural exchange program
  • Brand Assistant for a consumer products company
  • Business Operations Specialist for a strategic management and technology consulting firm
  • 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 Advisor for a financial products company
  • Financial Analyst for a bank
  • Financial Analyst for a consumer electronics company
  • Financial Analyst for a food manufacturing company
  • Financial Analyst for a magazine publisher
  • 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
  • Marketing Assistant for a book publisher
  • Media Buyer/Planner for an advertising company
  • Meeting Coordinator for a multinational computer technology corporation
  • Operations Research Associate for marketing research company
  • Page for a television network
  • 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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Careers Reported by Economics Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in economics. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Financial Managers
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Management Analysts
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Economists
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Financial Analysts
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Compliance Officers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Writers and Authors
  • Designers
  • Database Administrators
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Web Developers
  • Fundraisers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Producers and Directors
  • Dentists
  • Budget Analysts
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Physical Scientists
  • Logisticians
  • Actuaries
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
  • Artists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Architects
  • Credit Analysts
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Editors
  • Judicial Law Clerks
  • Librarians

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying organizations that hire people with an academic background in economics.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

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

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Professional Associations

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