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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






Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require certification or advanced degrees

Actuary   Demographer
Institutional Research Director   Auditor
Economist   Insurance Salesperson
Bank Officer   Efficiency Expert
Intelligence Agent   Bond Trader
Entrepreneur   International Trade Specialist
Business Forecaster   Estate Planner
Journalist   Business Manager
Financial Economist   Labor Economist
Chamber of Commerce Analyst   Financial Officer
Labor Relations Specialist   Commodities Trader
Financial Planner/Analyst   Lawyer
Commodity-Industry Analyst   Financial Reporter
Litigation Analyst   compensation Benefits Administrator
Government Administrator   Management Consultant
Market Research Analyst   Consumer Affairs Director
Hospitality Manager   Politician
Consumer Goods Representative   Industrial Transportation
Property Manager   Credit Analyst/Loan Officer
Industrial Buyer   Public Administrator
Purser   Securities Trader
Underwriter   Real Estate Agent/Broker
Statistician   Urban/Regional Planner
Wage And Salary Administrator   Securities Salesperson/Broker
Technical Writer   Treasury Management Specialist
Public Utilities Manager   Transportation Specialist


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

Match This Major To Careers

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 Beginning Salary Ranges Typical Salaries

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. 

Salary Resources

Skills Needed For This Career

Reading Comprehension   Active Listening
Mathematics and Science   Critical Thinking
Different Learning Strategies   Ability to give advice on business
Research skills   Investigative skills
Oral And Written Communication   Computer Literacy
Active learning   Ability to prepare and 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  

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

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

Holland Interest 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