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Economics Degree Career Opportunities

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 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 Type of Skills Will You Gain From an Economics Degree?

Our undergraduate programs allow you to combine the study of economics with courses in other areas. While each program has a different emphasis, they all provide a core set of skills acquired from the study of economics, which 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.

What is the Average Salary for an Economics Major?

Drexel economics program graduates in 2022-2023 earned an average starting salary of $83,846. 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.

Common Job Titles for Undergraduate Economics Majors

  • Budget Analyst
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Claims Adjuster/Appraiser
  • Consultant
  • Cost Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Economist
  • 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
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Market Research
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Top Job Landings for Recent Drexel Economics Graduates

  • Accenture
  • BlackRock
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Google
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Lockheed Martin

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 opportunities. 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 from the following universities:

  • Columbia University (PhD)
  • London School of Economics (MS)
  • Princeton University (MS)
  • Ohio State University (PhD)
  • University of Chicago (MBA)
  • University of Maryland (MS)
  • University of Michigan (JD)

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Christian Maxey

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment

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