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Listed below are examples of jobs Economics & Finance majors might choose to pursue upon graduation. Some of them, such as college professor, will require additional education or training beyond the bachelor's degree:

Banking and Financial Services
  • Bank Management
  • Loan Officer
  • Bank Examiner
  • Commodities/Stock Broker
  • Economic Forecaster
  • Credit Accounting Coordinator
  • Securities Analyst
  • Pension Funds Administrator
  • Portfolio Administrator
  • Commercial Credit Analyst
Government
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Regional/Urban Planner
  • Elected Official
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Social Security Administrator
  • Cost Analyst
  • Tax Administrator
  • Budget Officer
  • Lobbyist
Insurance
  • Underwriter
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Benefits Analyst
  • Sales Representative
Communications
  • Technical Writer
  • Journalist/Columnist
Human Services
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Foundation Administrator
  • Attorney
Business
  • Management Trainee
  • Sales Representative
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Market Analyst
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Systems Evaluator
  • Customer Account Representative
  • Retail Manager
  • Forecaster
  • Contract Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Service Representative
  • Technical Representative
  • Consultant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst

The list below shows the median average salary and jobs often obtained by Economics majors after graduation*

  • Retail Store Manager $51,500
  • Office Manager $44,300
  • Data Analyst $55,300
  • Personal Financial Advisor $104,000
  • Information Technology (IT) Consultant $98,600
  • Information Technology (IT) Manager $87,500
  • Account Manager Sales $80,700
  • Administrative Assistant $34,100
  • Market Research Analyst $47,900
  • Economist $79,100
  • Vice President (VP), Operations $136,000
  • Associate - Investment Banking $115,000
  • Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) $71,400
  • Executive Assistant $47,700
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR) $34,200
  • Marketing Manager $68,600
  • Financial Analyst $54,100
  • Accountant $45,900
  • Controller (Financial) $84,100
  • Operations Manager $70,600
  • Financial Analyst, Corporate $63,400
  • Project Manager, IT $94,700
  • Consultant, Business Process/Management $104,000
  • Personal Banker $37,600
  • Business Analyst, Finance/Banking $65,900
  • Research Analyst, Financial $85,500
  • Underwriter $63,200
  • Management Consultant $124,000
  • Project Manager, Construction $86,000
  • Credit Analyst, Banking $46,700
  • Branch Manager, Banking $58,500
  • Regional Sales Manager $104,000

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*Methodology:

  • All data is limited to those with a Bachelor's degree and no higher degrees who work full-time in the United States.
  • Jobs are listed in order of relative popularity amongst graduates with a Bachelor's degree in the given major from any college.
  • Median salary for each job title is for individuals with any major who have a typical amount of experience at that job.
  • Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable.
  • Salary does not include equity (stock) compensation. This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data, and may not represent all individuals in these categories.