The American Economics Association has excellent Web pages describing careers opportunities for students with a baccalaureate degree in economics. It also produces a short video about what you can do with economics.
People working as professional economists often hold advanced graduate degrees, but students graduating with only a Bachelor's degree find a wide variety of employment opportunities. While searching for that first job can sometimes be a challenge, economics majors are very successful and earn salaries well-above those graduating in most other majors.
Most of the specific skills that people use on the job they learn on the job. Employers often care less about the specific pieces of information you know than about the package of more general skills you possess. And economics majors can bring an impressive package to the employment table.
Economics courses are full of graphs and charts that display information and explain relationships. As a result, students majoring in economics learn to analyze data and to think strategically about decision-making. They learn to think critically about a variety of complicated situations, to ask the right questions, to work with numbers, and to solve problems. Because of their broad analytical skills, quantitative background, and clarity and precision of expression, students majoring in economics are highly sought after in many occupations. Employers know that, if they want someone who can think and who is able to learn the specific job skills they need, they should hire an economics major.
Most career opportunities fall into the following categories:
Specific job titles for which students majoring in economics might be hired include:
A sampling of actual entry-level positions obtained by recent graduates with only an undergraduate degree includes: