What Can You Do With A Major In Economics? 


The program of the Department of Economics and Geography is designed to provide students with the tools and concepts necessary to understand our modern economy, to function more effectively as citizens, and to make sound decisions. A major in economics opens the door to a wide variety of jobs in business, government, finance, and the professions. Economics is particularly useful for those students who plan to enter public service or law, or who plan to go on to graduate study. In conjunction with the Coggin College of Business,a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics is offered.



Typical Career Paths







Some Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs  

Investment Consultants


Business Analyst

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Special Claims Adjuster

International Trade Compliance Analyst

Labor Relations Officer

Land Use Economist




General Career Directions

  • Claims Adjuster
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Investment Consultant
  • Labor Relations Researcher
  • Land Use Economist
  • Lobbying Researcher
  • Political Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Tax Economist
  • Urban Planning Researcher


Typical Employers/Work Settings 

  • Civic Taxpayer Associations
  • Commerce Department
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Economic Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Associations
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Financial Institutions
  •  Insurance Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Political Action Groups
  • Regional Planning Councils
  • Commodities Agencies
  • State/Local Government Agencies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Research Firms
  • Public Utilities
  • Trade Associations
  • Labor Unions
  • Banks
  • Credit Unions
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Law Firms



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Beginning Salary Range 

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 Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $53,906 - From the Summer 2011 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)  Note: starting salaries directly correlate with level of each student's GPA, Internship Experience and professionalism. 


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Skills Needed For This Career 


Reading comprehension

Active Listening

Mathematics & science

Critical thinking

Different learning strategies

Ability to give advice on business

Research skills

Investigative skills

Oral & Written communication

Computer literacy

Active learning

Ability to prepare & write reports



Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Economic Association
American Law and Economics Associations
Economic Development Council 

National Association for Business Economics
American Economic Association
International Economic Development Council
American Society of Health Economics
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Association for Social Economics
National Economists Club



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 


http://www.careers.state.gov- US Department of State



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Business Administration and other related programs 

University of North Florida  
Barry University 
Florida A&M 
Florida International University 
Florida State University
University of Florida
University of West Florida 
National Programs - Master of Science in Economics and other related programs
University of Alabama
University of Georgia 


Other resources for graduate program research




Link To UNF Program 

The  College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Economics


Holland Codes 

Economics: Investigative; Conventional; Enterprising (ICE)


 Career Action Plan



  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow a professional in this career field
  • Develop skills designing surveys, analyzing data, creating reports, and communicating findings
  • Join a professional association in this field
  • Develop leadership skills on campus (i.e. RA, Presidential Envoys, Peer Advisors, etc. )
  • Look to do an internship in your junior or senior year to gain hands-on experience
  • Gain research experience by working with a professor or faculty member on their research