Economics Degree Career Opportunities & Jobs
An undergraduate degree in economics can prepare you for a wide range of job opportunities in a variety of industries. The fundamental skills an economics degree will provide, such as an understanding of the workings of the market system and major economic institutions, as well as economic policy and development, can easily be transferred and applied in a variety of careers.
Career Growth Opportunities for Economics Majors
Economics majors find their way into many different career paths. Many continue on for further education to take on roles in academia or research while others work in public policy development, manufacturing and trade, government and even journalism.
What is the Average Salary for an Economics Major?
Drexel 2016 economics program graduates earned an average starting salary of $60,778. While this represents the average economics degree salary for our recent graduates, this degree often serves as a first step towards careers in economics that are far more lucrative, especially with further study.
What Type of Skills Will You Gain From an Economics Degree?
Our undergraduate programs include a BS and a BA in Economics, combining functional business courses and with studies in the humanities. While these degrees differ slightly, the core skills remain the same. Core training in economics includes:
- Specialized training in understanding the market system, economic institutions, policies and development
- Exploration of supply and demand in markets, consumer choice, cost structure of firms, and profit maximization
- Examining measurement, growth, and fluctuation of aggregate economic activity
- International economics, money and banking, and economic policy
What Can You Do with a Degree in Economics?
A degree in economics provides you with a deeper understanding of national and international markets and the ability to analyze key trends in a variety of fields. By pursuing a second degree or a minor, you can tailor your studies to your specific career goals.
Common Job Titles for Undergraduate Economics Majors
- Budget Analyst
- Buyer/Purchasing Agent
- Claims Adjuster/Appraiser
- Cost Analyst
- Credit Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Insurance Underwriter
- Market Research Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
- Political Scientist
- Transportation Manager
- Urban/Regional Planner
Innovative Industries in Economics
- Baking and Finance
- Market Research
Top Job Landings for Recent Drexel Economics Graduates
- Goldman, Sahs & Co.
- Independence Blue Cross
- JP MorganChase
Professional Organizations for Economics Graduates and Current Students
Professional organizations allow you to expand your network and learn from industry peers through trainings and professional development opportunites. The national organizations are well-known for their reputation in the industry.
Continuing Education Economics Degree Opportunities
Many economics majors also choose to continue their studies in graduate schools, pursuing such degrees as:
Recent Drexel economics alumni have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the following programs:
- Columbia University (PhD)
- London School of Economics (MS)
- Princeton University (MS)
- University of Arizona (PhD)
- University of Chicago (MBA)
- University of Maryland (MS)
- University of Michigan (JD)
Get Started with an Economics Degree
Drexel LeBow undergraduate studies prepare students to become leaders in any area of business. The specialized training and real-world application through our experiential learning opportunities give our students the competitive edge they need when entering the job market. To learn more about our undergraduate degrees, explore our areas of study.