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Jobs for Graduates with a Bachelors Degree in Economics

Most postsecondary institutions offer bachelor's degree programs in economics, but many graduates are uncertain of the specific career path they'll take after college. Fortunately, a wide array of jobs exist for graduates of these programs. View article »

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  • 0:00 Career Options in Economics
  • 0:24 Business
  • 0:45 Government
  • 1:00 Journalism
  • 1:20 Education
  • 1:35 Degree Information

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Career Options in Economics

Field Career Options
Business Bank teller, budget analyst, market analyst, sales intern, insurance agent
Government Economist, research assistant, analyst
Journalism Business writer/editor, freelance writer, economic affairs specialist, business journalist

Education | High school economics teacher

Knowledge and expertise in the field of economics can be helpful for careers in almost every industry. A bachelor's degree program provides graduates with a broad basis for understanding business and the national and world economies. Graduates can use this knowledge for careers in business, government, education, journalism and international affairs, to name a few.

Business

A bachelor's degree in economics can lead to entry-level business careers in small business, large companies, banks or financial services firms. Recent graduates might consider starting as interns to gain experience before being hired. Some business job options include bank teller, budget analyst, market analyst, sales intern and insurance agent.

Government

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the federal government has entry-level positions available to individuals with a bachelor's degree in economics. Economics majors can work in government agencies as economists, research assistants and analysts.

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Journalism

While journalists typically need a degree related to English or journalism, there is a need for economists who can clearly express economic terms and theories to the public. Job options in the journalism field can include business writer or editor, freelance writer, economic affairs specialist and business journalist.

Education

Economics graduates also might find employment in the education field. To work as a high school economics teacher, a graduate needs to be licensed by the state in which they'll work. This typically involves completing education courses and in-school training in addition to holding a bachelor's degree.

Degree Information

Students can earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Both of these majors include classes in economic theories, models and systems and factors that affect buying and selling. A Bachelor of Science program typically emphasizes mathematics and quantitative analysis, while a Bachelor of Arts program integrates liberal arts courses and has a foreign language requirement. Typical courses within the economics major include finance, econometrics, foreign trade, business economics, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and economic systems.

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