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Careers for Economics Majors

What is an economics major?

The University of Denver's program in economics focuses on the study of the production, consumption, and the distribution of goods and services. Economic study attempts to clarify how the uses of natural, technological and financial resources affect human beings.

Common careers for economic majors

With a deep understanding of the causes of economic growth and development, both within and across nations, and its social impact, many economics majors go on to work in the business, government, finance, politics and education industries.

Common job titles held by these economics majors include:

  • accountant
  • account executive
  • actuary
  • air transport economist auditor
  • bank officer
  • buyer
  • claims adjuster
  • consumer researcher controller
  • credit analyst
  • credit/loan worker
  • data processing manager
  • economist
  • educator
  • environmental economist
  • foreign services officer
  • geographer
  • government analyst
  • health services
  • historian
  • home economist
  • industry analyst
  • insurance agent
  • internal revenue agent
  • labor relations specialist
  • land use economist
  • macroeconomist manager
  • marketing representative
  • microeconomist
  • mineral economist
  • mutual fund representative
  • trust officer
  • operations managers
  • packing analyst
  • political scientist
  • purchasing planner
  • real estate agent
  • regional economist
  • risk analyst
  • sales forecaster
  • sales manager
  • securities analyst
  • sociologist
  • statistician
  • stockbroker
  • systems analyst
  • tax preparer
  • technical writer
  • trust officer
  • underwriter

Professional skills of economics majors

In addition to the careers listed above, economics majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • ability to conduct/explain scientific research
  • high proficiency in written/oral communications
  • ability to explain complex concepts/theories
  • background in economic theory/econometrics
  • knowledge of statistical procedures
  • accurate with details
  • ability to observe accurately and make appropriate decisions
  • ability to solve problems
  • ability to operate/use information derived from computers
  • knowledge of statistical procedures

Is an economics major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in economics? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire economics majors and alumni who majored in economics. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.