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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Career Opportunities for Economics Majors

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/economics/career/

An economics major prepares students for a variety of jobs that do not neatly fit into one title or position. For example, most students in the program pursue careers in business as analyst, managers, or specialists. The following information gives you an idea of what occupations best suit an economics major. In addition, below you will find other useful information (expected salary) as you plan your post college career.

You can find information related to job for economics majors at:

Occupations Best Suited for Economics Majors

  • Economist
  • Business Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Securities Broker
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Public Administrator
  • Government Economist
  • Industrial Traffic Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Journalist
  • Actuary
  • Researcher
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Tax Economist
  • Tax Examiner/Collector/Revenue Agent
  • Political Scientist
  • Stockbroker
  • Commodities Trader
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Investment Analyst
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Chamber of Commerce Analyst
  • Transportation Planner
  • Commodity Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Cost Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Rate Analyst
  • Bank Research Analyst
  • Compensation/Benefits Coordinator
  • Financial Researcher
  • Investment Banking Analyst

And, other occupations to consider with certain skills, interests or further education

  • Business Credit/
  • Loan Administrator
  • Consumer Credit Manager
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Farm Manager
  • Purchasing Agent/Buyer
  • Lawyer
  • Accountant, Public Practice
  • Market Interviewer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Consumer Credit Manager
  • Underwriter
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Job Analyst
  • Personnel Manager
  • Marketing/Sales

And related occupations

  • Consultant
  • Real Estate Investor
  • Entrepreneur/Businessperson
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Soil Conservation Specialist
  • Financial Planner Investment Analyst
  • Time Management Specialist
  • Survey Designer
  • Market Research Statistician
  • Media Buyer
  • Bank Examiner
  • Energy Researcher
  • Environmental Researcher
  • Lobbying Researcher
  • Real Estate Development Researcher
  • Political Campaign Organizer
  • Historical Researcher
  • Institutional Researcher
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • General Accountant
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Legal Assistant
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Claim Adjuster/Examiner
  • Computer Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Construction Estimator
  • Investment Counselor
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Collection Agent
  • Affirmative Action Representative

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Salary Expectation by Major

Source: Payscale.com, 2011-2012

Major Starting Median Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Petroleum Engineering $97,900 $155,000
Chemical Engineering $64,500 $109,000
Electrical Engineering (EE) $61,300 $103,000
Materials Science & Engineering $60,400 $103,000
Aerospace Engineering $60,700 $102,000
Computer Engineering (CE) $61,800 $101,000
Physics $49,800 $101,000
Applied Mathematics $52,600 $98,600
Computer Science (CS) $56,600 $97,900
Nuclear Engineering $65,100 $97,800
Biomedical Engineering (BME) $53,800 $97,800
Economics $47,300 $94,700
Mechanical Engineering (ME) $58,400 $94,500
Statistics $49,000 $93,800
Industrial Engineering (IE) $57,400 $93,100
Civil Engineering (CE) $53,100 $90,200
Mathematics $47,000 $89,900
...... ....... .......
Art History $38,300 $53,300
Art $35,300 $52,400
Theology $35,600 $52,000
Public Health (PH) $35,500 $51,700
Athletic Training $34,600 $50,200
Religious Studies $32,900 $49,700
Recreation & Leisure Studies $34,500 $49,100
Special Education $34,300 $47,800
Culinary Arts $29,900 $46,800
Social Work (SW) $32,200 $44,300
Elementary Education $32,400 $44,000
Child and Family Studies $29,600 $40,500
     

For methodology see Payscale.com.

 

*Adapted from www.wiu.edu