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Economics: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Government

  • Cost analysis
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign trade analysis
  • Public administration
  • Transportation management
  • Urban planning

Employers

  • Government departments involved in agriculture, business, finance, labor, transportation, urban economics, and international trade including USDA, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the United Nationals, an the General Accounting Office

Information & Strategies

  • Become active in student government.
  • Complete an internship in a government agency.
  • Earn a graduate degree in economics, statistics, public administration, or related field for promotion advancement.
  • Become familiar with government hiring practices.
  • Develop excellent computer, analytical, and quantitative skills.

Economic Market Research

  • Research analysis
  • Consulting

Employers

  • Market research firms
  • Consumer goods manufacturing firms
  • Business firms
  • Consulting firms

Information & Strategies

  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, political science, research design, survey design, statistics, and computer science.
  • Earn a graduate degree to obtain advanced research and consulting positions.
  • Obtain experience in business research.
  • Become a student member in related professional associations.
  • Get involved in student or community organizations to develop leadership skills.

Banking and Finance

  • Credit lending
  • Operations
  • Systems
  • Trusts
  • Securities: sales and research

Employers

  • Commercial banks
  • Regional banks
  • Savings and loan associations
  • National and regional brokerage firms
  • Discount brokerage houses

Information & Strategies

  • Develop a solid background in business including finance, marketing, and accounting.
  • Gain experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in financial service firms.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele.
  • Become the financial officer or treasurer of a campus organization.
  • Get involved with an investments club.
  • Earn an MBA for positions in investment banking.

Insurance

  • Underwriting
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Claims

Employers

  • Insurance firms

Information & Strategies

  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Earn a business minor.
  • Gain sales experience.
  • Participate in campus organizations.

Healthcare

  • Hospital management
  • Healthcare analysis

Employers

  • Private (LLC) corporations
  • U.S. Department of Health
  • Hospitals
  • Health maintenance organizations

Information & Strategies

  • Earn a master's degree in public health or hospital administration.
  • Gain experience in healthcare through internships.

Other Business Areas

  • Management
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Human resources
  • Hospitality
  • Sales

Employers

  • Department, grocery, drug, specialty, and variety store chains
  • Hotels, resorts, and tourism councils
  • Restaurants
  • Large corporations

Information & Strategies

  • Gain related business experience through internships or jobs.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
  • Secure leadership positions in campus organizations.
  • Earn a business minor.
  • Obtain sales experience.

Teaching

    Employers

    • Colleges and universities
    • Secondary public and private schools

    Information & Strategies

    • Earn a PhD to teach in post-secondary institutions.
    • Gain research experience by assisting a professor.
    • Obtain certification for public school positions.
    • Get experience working with young people.
    • Develop strong public speaking skills.

    General Information

    • Choose a career focus and structure curricular and extra-curricular activities to achieve goals.
    • Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, or internship experience to enhance career path. For example, complete a finance-related internship if interested in a career in banking.
    • Develop an excellent background in research, statistics, and computers.
    • Earn a graduate degree in economics, business, or other related fields for increased marketability.
    • Do informational interviewing with professionals to learn more about fields of interest.
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    Next Steps

    Learn about a concentration in economics through North Park's business program.

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