Finding a Job with an Economics Degree
Economics is an area where a broad set of skills is developed allowing the graduate access to a wide variety of opportunities. There is an important observation that you should know. It is not automatically true that the title of the degree lines up with a specific set of jobs. While most of our students find work at banks and with insurance companies, others find jobs in a variety of other areas. A list of the kinds of jobs our students have obtained is provided below. The fact is that there are not many jobs for people with a bachelor's degree in economics as an economist. If you want to do economics, you will most likely need some kind of advanced degree. But you should also know that economics is a very strong background for studying law, business, and of course additional economics.
First and foremost, go the Career Center and talk with someone there about what to do. They are the experts, and they have the experience. They will help you with your resume and can provide guidance for the interview process. This is the first and most important basic step.
Second, if you are generally looking and don't have a good idea of the kind of job you would like, start visiting web sites to see what is available. Here are some sites to consider. You may need to look for the "Careers" button to find the kinds of jobs that might be open and the application process.
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan
- GE Capital
- Merrill Lynch Company
- Booz-Allen & Hamilton Careers
- Credit Suisse
- JP Morgan Chase & Co
- CIBC Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
- Bank of New York
- Moody’s Investors Service
- MCI Telecommunications Corp.
- Proctor and Gamble
- AT & T Employment
- Smith Barney
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- Paine Webber (UBS Financial Services)
- State Farm
- Progressive Insurance
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- Listing of the 100 largest banks in the U.S.
Third, once you have looked at web sites and have found some possible alternatives, start the application process. Get your resume ready, line up references, and prepare a letter of application. Review and prepare other items the company requests from you.
Finally, be patient. Often it takes some time to find a job. Think of the job search as a matching process. Both the employer and the employee need to be happy with the match. If one side is not happy going in to the arrangement, it is not likely to be a successful outcome. Sooner or later, you will find something. And finally please remember that there is no such thing as a perfect job. Every job has its good points and bad, its ups and downs.