Job Prospects for Economists
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for economists was $105,630 in May 2021. For perspective, that figure was 30.6% higher than the median annual pay for social scientists and related workers, and 130.8% higher than the median annual pay for all occupations. The Bureau also projects that job opportunities for economists will grow by 13% between 2020 and 2030, which exceeds the average for both social scientists and all occupations.
Furthermore, the Connecticut Department of Labor reports strong median wage growth for economists relative to life, physical, and social science occupations, as well as all occupations.
CCSU economics students develop a number of marketable skills that prepare them to be competitive job market and graduate school candidates, including:
- Critical Thinking
- Policy Evaluation
- Quantitative Analysis
- Technical Skills with Computer Software
- Written Expression
CCSU economics students have pursued careers in a wide variety of job settings directly after graduation, including corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. Our recent graduates have been employed by:
The Guggenheim Museum (New York)
AmTrust Financial Services
The Bushnell Theater
National Development Council
New England Mercantile Group
New York Life Insurance Company
City of Bridgeport Legal Department
Pratt and Whitney
Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company
Symmetry Partners LLC
Governor’s Office of the State of Connecticut
United Technologies Aerospace Systems
For more information about job prospects for economists, contact your academic advisor, or refer to the American Economic Association’s “Careers in Economics” site.
CCSU economics students have also pursued master’s and doctoral degrees – in economics, law, public policy, and other related fields – from competitive graduate programs. Our recent graduates have been accepted to:
University of Connecticut School of Law
Oregon State University
UMass – Amherst
Quinnipiac University School of Law
University of Nevada – Reno
University of Connecticut
University of South Florida
For more information about graduate programs in economics, contact your academic advisor, or refer to the American Economic Association’s “Preparing for Graduate School” site.