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What is Economics?

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

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.

Department of Economics

 Related Career Titles 
ActuaryAuditorBank Officer
Bond TraderBusiness ForecasterBusiness Manager
Chamber of Commerce AnalystCommodities TraderCommodity-Industry Analyst
Compensation/Benefits AdministratorConsultantConsumer Affairs Director
Consumer Goods Manufacturers RepCost AnalystCredit Analyst / Loan Officer
PurserReal Estate Agent/BrokerRetail Sales Manager
Securities Salesperson/BrokerPublic Utilities ManagerDemographer
EconomistEfficiency ExpertEntrepreneur
Estate PlannerFinancial EconomistFinancial Officer
Financial Planner/AnalystFinancial ReporterGovernment Administrator
Healthcare AdministratorHospitality ManagerIndustrial Economist
Industrial TransportationIndustrial/Institutional BuyerSecurities Trader
StatisticianTeacherTechnical Writer
Transportation SpecialistInstitutional Research DirectorInsurance Salesperson
Intelligence AgentInternational Trade SpecialistJournalist
Labor EconomistLabor Relations SpecialistLawyer
Litigation AnalystManagement Consultant/AnalystMarket Research Analyst
PoliticianPopulations Studies AnalystProperty Manager
Public Administrator/ManagerUnderwriterUrban/Regional Planner
Wage and Salary AdministratorTreasury Management SpecialistInformation Scientist


Related Major Skills
Reading comprehensionMathematics & science
Different learning strategiesResearch skills
Active ListeningCritical thinking
Ability to give advice on businessInvestigative skills
Oral & Written communicationActive learning
Computer literacyAbility to prepare & write reports

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