What Can I Do With A Major In Economics?
Economists research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to aid in the solution of economic problems arising from the production and distribution of goods and services. Economic analysis is applied throughout society, in business, finance and government, but also in crime, education, the family, health, law, politics, religion, social institutions, war, and science
Majors in economics acquire the breadth of liberal arts study plus the analytical and quantitative skills of economic theory. Anyone who intends to pursue a career in business, law, politics, public administration, finance, and the like, will benefit from courses in economics. In general, economics majors are in demand by employers in need of individuals who can be trained easily to perform specific tasks. A background in economics is also particularly beneficial for those pursuing an MBA degree.
Economics majors also may specialize in Operations Research, a highly quantitative approach to decision-making in business, industry, and government.
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Sample of Related Occupations
Credit and Loan Officer
Internal Revenue Agent
Market Research Analyst
Real Estate Agent
Securities & Commodities Trader
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Economic Association
American Society of Health Economics
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Association for Social Economics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget
Connecticut General Assembly
The Economic Report of the President
Financial Career Zone
Global Financial Database
International Economic Development Council
National Association for Business Economics
National Economists Club
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Economics majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunitites where the employer was specifically looking for economics majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE website here.
Aetna, Inc. - IT Leadership Development Program
ARCADIS - Capital Projects Assistant, Construction Audit Associate
Barnum Financial Group - Financial Planner
CGI - Business Analyst, Programmer Analyst
CIGNA - Health Data Specialist Internship
Connecticut Technology Council - Innovation Fellow
Enterprise Holdings - Management Trainee
First Investors Corporation - Financial Services Representative
Genworth Financial Agency, Inc. - Career Agent
Great American Senior Benefits - Financial Representative
Hamilton Sundstrand - Accounting/Finance Co-op, Contracts Management Co-op, Decision Support Analyst Co-op
LIMRA International - Assistant/Associate Analyst
MetLife Financial Services - Annuity Customer Service Representative
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - Financial Representative Internship
Sovereign Bank - Financial Analyst
Stanley Access Technologies - Credit Analyst
Symmetry Partners - Financial Services Internship
The Hartford - Technology Leadership Development Program Internship, Auto Physical Damage Claim Handler
The New York City Office of Management & Budget - Summer Internship
Towers Watson - Actuarial Internship
Travelers - Product Pricing Development Program, Insurance Operations Leadership Development Summer Internship, Financial Management Leadership Development Summer Internship, Business Intelligence Internship, Financial Analyst
United Technologies Corporation - Operations Analyst Co-op
Visual Technologies, Inc. - Business Analyst Internship
XL Capital - Assistant Business Analyst