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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

  • Economics
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Education
  • Law
  • Government

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

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- 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.

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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.

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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