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What can I do with a major in Economics?


The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training.  Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path. 

Description of Economics

Economics is the study of the ways people make a living; produce, distribute, and consume goods and services; and reach decisions about the use of scarce resources. A liberal education in economics provides students with an understanding of the method and techniques of economic analysis, the important economic institutions in our economy and the role that they play, and the policies designed to correct economic problems. With coursework in calculus and business administration, the student will understand how to analyze problems such as inflation, unemployment, and efficient uses of natural resources. (Rhodes Department of Economics & Business Website)

Possible Job Titles of Economics Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Administrative Officer
Account Representative*
Assistant Food Manager*
Assistant Product Manager*
Associate Financial
Bank Officer
Benefit Consultant
Budget Consultant
City Planning Aid
Claims Adjuster/Examiner
Commercial Banker
Contract Administrator
Corporate Marketing Manager*
Cost Accountant
Credit Analyst
Customer Service Representative
Data Analyst
Economic Analyst*
Estate Planner
Financial Advisor*
Financial Analyst*
Financial Service Representative
Financial Underwriter
Human Resource Manager
Insurance Salesman
Intelligence Analyst
International Trade Economist
Investment Banking Analyst*
Junior Broker*
Labor Economist
Legislative Correspondent*
Loan Officer*
Marketing Representative*
Mortgage Loan Officer*
Personnel Manager
Portfolio Strategist
Program Director*
Quality Assurance Analyst
Risk Analyst*
Real Estate Broker
Sales Associate*
Staff Tax Consultant
Trust Administrator*
Vice President Sales*

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Economics Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

A.G. Edwards
Andersen Consulting*
Bay Medical Center*
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Chambers of Commerce
ChemOil Corporation*
Coca Cola
Colleges and Universities*
Consulting Firms
Consumer Affairs Depts.
Continental Airlines*
Deloitte and Touche*
E Trade Securities*
Edward D. Jones & Co.
Eli Lilly & Co.
Employment Agencies
Energy Departments
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ernest and Young*
Federal Trade Comm.
Ferguson Enterprises
Financial Institutions
First Tennessee Bank*
Flu Air Systems, Inc.*
Government Agencies
Hewitt Associates*
Insurance Companies*
Investment Firms
JET Program*
Labor Unions
Madison Financial Group
Market Research Depts.  
Marsh, Inc.*
Mercer Capital*
Merrill Lynch*
Morgan Keegan*
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Norfolk Southern
Personnel Departments
Political Action Groups
Public Financial Mgmnt.*
RaceTrac Petroleum
Research/Dev. Firms
Resource Financial Group
Siebel Systems, Inc.*
Social Security Admin.
State Farm
Stephens, Inc.*
Trade Associations
U.S. Department of State
Univest Financial Group*
Vining Sparks*
Wachovia Bank
Wells Fargo

Skill Sets and Interests Commonly Associated with Economics Majors

  • Critiquing & diagnosing problems
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Analyzing community needs
  • Planning/organizing events & meetings
  • Problem-solving
  • Program development
  • Surveying
  • Decision-making
  • Analyzing manpower requirements
  • Systematizing/organizing material
  • Reviewing/evaluating
  • Team-building
  • Goal-setting

Top Career Services Resources for Economics Majors

  • Going Indie
  • The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America
  • Job Opportunities for Business Majors 
  • Job Opportunities in Business
  • Your Successful Real Estate Career
  • Careers in Marketing
  • Careers for Financial Mavens and Other Money Movers

Campus Contacts Associated with Economics

Rhodes Career Services

Department of Economics

Additional Resources for Economics Majors

American Economic Association
National Association for Business Economics
The Economist
Job Openings for Economists
National Bureau of Economics
Economics Research Network
Financial Jobs
American Marketing Association
Federation of International Trade Associations
U.S. Chamber of Commerce