Careers and outcomes
Economics majors who wish to pursue careers in business, public administration or
government, or wish to attend graduate school or law school will find that a degree
in economics has much to offer.
Businesses of all sizes use economists for forecasting, strategic planning and data
analysis. Many business economists have careers in manufacturing, banking, financial
services and investments.
Public administration/Government careers
From the Federal Trade Commission to the Food and Drug Administration, economists
are employed by virtually every federal agency. Economists also find employment with
state and local governments.
Graduate school opportunities
Economics majors interested in teaching or conducting research will usually be required
to pursue a master’s degree to teach in community colleges and a doctorate to teach
in four-year schools. Research opportunities exist in consulting firms, federal government
agencies and international organizations. Successful research is generally a prerequisite
for being granted tenure at a university.
Law school opportunities
Many lawyers spend time performing economic analyses in their cases, determining the
losses and damages involved in certain cases. Consequently, economics is a popular
choice for pre-law students. In addition, average LSAT scores for economics graduates
are consistently among the highest for all disciplines.