Careers

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.

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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

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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

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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 2018

Petroleum Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $82,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $183,600

Chemical Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $71,800
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $126,900

Electrical Engineeering (EE)

  • Starting Median Pay: $69,900
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $118,100

Materials Science & Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $67,900
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $106,300

Aerospace Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $68,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $113,900

Computer Engineering (CE)

  • Starting Median Pay: $72,600
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $120,000

Physics

  • Starting Median Pay: $60,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $110,000

Applied Mathematics

  • Starting Median Pay: $61,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $113,000

Computer Science (CS)

  • Starting Median Pay: $68,800
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $113,900

Nuclear Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $70,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $121,700

Biomedical Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $66,000
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $110,300

Economics

  • Starting Median Pay: $57,100
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $105,700

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

  • Starting Median Pay: $65,800
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $108,700

Statistics

  • Starting Median Pay: $62,000
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $111,300

Industrial Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $66,400
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $111,300

Civil Engineering

  • Starting Median Pay: $60,400
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $101,100

Mathematics

  • Starting Median Pay: $58,200
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $100,100

Art History

  • Starting Median Pay: $42,900
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $66,300

Art

  • Starting Median Pay: $39,400
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $60,500

Religious Studies

  • Starting Median Pay: $41,700
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $63,800

Special Education

  • Starting Median Pay: $37,900
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $53,700

Elementary Education

  • Starting Median Pay: $37,400
  • Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,000

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