What Can I do With a Degree in Economics?

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU Job Database for Economics Majors

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.

Careers Reported by Economics Majors (Recent 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. 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
  • 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. Advising & Career Services 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

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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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    Sites with Career-Related Information for Economics Majors

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