10 Jobs for Economics Majors

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What can you do with an Economics degree?

Economics majors learn about economic theory, economic systems such as capitalism, and mathematical methods. They use their knowledge to analyze how limited resources are made, traded, and used. This education and set of skills can help prepare you for a variety of different careers. 

Here is a list of 10 jobs you might consider if you are majoring in Economics:

Job Title Projected Job Growth Median Weekly Salary Median Annual Salary
Statisticians 17.96% $1,824.17 $94,857
Economists 7.23% $2,040.67 $106,115
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 4.79% $1,520.42 $79,062
Political Scientists 4.62% $2,328.67 $121,091
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 4.79% $1,520.42 $79,062
Survey Researchers 4.85% $1,102.54 $57,332
Social Science Research Assistants 3.37% $955.77 $49,700
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 12.50% $1,218.77 $63,376
Data Scientists 17.32% $1,929.79 $100,349
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 3.13% $1,185.10 $61,625

Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as biostatistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.

Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Survey Researchers
Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.

Social Science Research Assistants
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 
Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Research conditions in local, regional, national, or online markets. Gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May employ search marketing tactics, analyze web metrics, and develop recommendations to increase search engine ranking and visibility to target markets.

Data Scientists
Develop and implement a set of techniques or analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualization software. Apply data mining, data modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyze information from large structured and unstructured datasets. Visualize, interpret, and report data findings. May create dynamic data reports.

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