Economics is the study of the production, the consumption, and the distribution of goods and services. The study of Economics attempts to clarify how the use of natural, technological, and financial resources affect the lives of human beings.*

Sample Occupations

  • Research/Analysis
  • Forecaster
  • Data Analyst
  • Corporate Planning Analyst
  • Index Researcher
  • Economics Professor
  • Statistician
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Financial Analyst
  • Controller
  • Securities Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Credit Analyst
  • Lender
  • Actuary
  • Investor Relations Manager
  • Business/Management
  • Manager/Executive
  • Marketing Executive
  • Adjuster
  • Operations Officer
  • Personnel Manager
  • Other
  • Attorney

Types of Employers

  • Commercial Banks
  • Financial Services Firms
  • Government
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Banking Firms
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Corporations—any industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Accounting Firms

Preparing for your career in

Research/Analysis: Develop strong statistical and analytical skills, hone your communication skills to be able to work well with diverse clients, assist a faculty member with research, read about economic trends in leading business journals, join a professional student organization or serve as treasurer to develop leadership skills and networking contacts, gain experience through part-time employment or volunteer work; complete a master’s degree in economics

Finance/Accounting: Consider developing a strong foundation in accounting, spreadsheets, databases, and public speaking, join a professional student organization and obtain a leadership position such as treasurer, take additional coursework in finance or accounting, complete a finance-related or accounting-related internship, develop sharp analytical skills, explore relevant certifications (CPA, CFP, Series 7 License)

Business/Management: Gain experience in sales, demonstrate strong self-motivation and entrepreneurship, develop a large personal network, consider an MBA for advancement, read about business trends, join a business-related professional association, pursue leadership opportunities, pursue part-time employment and/or internships to gain relevant experience

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.