Economics is the art of trying to satisfy infinite needs with limited resources."  Albert Camus

"Practical men...are usually the slaves of some defunct economist."  John Maynard Keynes

Economics is the study of how effectively society meets its human and material needs.  It provides a logical, ordered way of looking a various problems.  It draws upon history, philosophy, and mathematics to deal with subjects ranging from how an individual household or business can make sound decisions, to societal issues such as unemployment, inflation, and environmental decay.  As a result, economics is widely recognized as a solid background for many jobs and professions in business, government, and the law. Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team.  This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate as much to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills as your specific academic major.  However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an Economics major.  Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job.  Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

 Related Career Titles for Economics Majors

Actuary Auditor Bank Officer Bond Trader
Business Forecaster Business Manager Chamber of Commerce Analyst Commodities Trader
Commodity-Industry Analyst Compensation/Benefits Administrator Consultant Consumer Affairs Director
Consumer Goods Manufacturers Representative Cost Analyst Credit Analyst Credit/Loan Officer
Demographer Economist Efficiency Expert Entrepreneur
Estate Planner Financial Economist Financial Officer Financial Planner/Analyst
Financial Reporter Government Administrator Healthcare Administrator Hospitality Manager
Industrial Economist Information Scientist Industrial/Institutional Buyer Industrial Transportation Specialist
Institutional Research Director Insurance Salesperson Intelligence Agent International Trade Specialist
Journalist Labor Economist Labor Relations Specialist Lawyer
Litigation Analyst Market Research Analyst Management Consultant/Analyst Politician
Populations Studies Analyst Property Manager Public Administrator/Manager Public Utilities Manager
Purser Real Estate Agent/Broker Retail Sales Manager Securities Salesperson/Broker
Securities Trader Statistician Teacher Technical Writer
Transportation Specialist Treasury Management Specialist Underwriter Urban/Regional Planner
Wage and Salary Administrator      


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