Career Options

Most economists are concerned with practical applications of economic policy in a particular area. They use their understanding of economic relationships to advise businesses and other organizations, including insurance companies, banks, securities firms, industry and trade associations, labor unions, and government agencies.

Graduates with a bachelors degree may find jobs in industry and business as management or sales trainees. Large accounting firms are also interested in hiring economists. Economists with quantitative skills are qualified for research assistant positions in a broad range offields. Those who meet state certification requirements may become high school economics teachers. Economists who work for government agencies may assess economic conditions in the United States or abroad in order to estimate the economic effects of specific changes in public policy or legislation.

Other jobs for economics graduates include financial analysts, underwriters, actuaries, and budget officers.