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Why Study Economics?

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HOW DOES A DEGREE IN ECONOMICS HELP ME GET EMPLOYED?

Quite simply, economics teaches you how to think. While studying economics you will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills that are necessary for any career path you choose.  You will be able to think clearly about complex issues and to communicate your ideas effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences. Furthermore, the quantitative skills learned while pursuing an economics degree are highly sought-after by employers in business and government, and important for effective decision making.     

Specifically, when you graduate with an economics degree you will be able to:

  • think critically about important business and economic decisions.
  • effectively communicate economic ideas.
  • conduct cost-benefit and policy analysis
  • use and manipulate data to answer important business-related questions.
  • utilize statistical software, such as SAS and Stata, that are widely used by government and businesses.

Students interested in economics should experiment by taking some of our Gen Ed courses.

The Economics Department at EMU offers a wide variety of elective courses to suite your particular interest and compliments your minor or double major. 


WHAT CAREER CHOICES DO I HAVE WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ECONOMICS?

A degree in economics offers a high degree of flexibility to accommodate specific career objectives. The versatility of the economics degree offers a diverse career path in business, government, education, international organizations, and nonprofits. Below is a non-comprehensive list of possible career choices:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Assistant Project Manger
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Broker
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Journalist
  • Business Writer or Editor
  • Business Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economist
  • Field Marketing Associate
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Financial Manager
  • Health Service Manager
  • High School Teacher
  • Industry Analyst
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Analyst
  • Leasing Consultant
  • Loan Officer
  • Market Analyst
  • Project Administrator
  • Sales Engineer
  • State Policy Analyst
  • Statistician
WHAT SALARY RANGE CAN I EXPECT WITH A BACHELOR’S IN ECONONOMICS?

Based on a 2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report, the starting salary for someone with a degree in economics is $50,100 with a mid-career salary of $96,700.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides data on employment and wages as an economist.

…BUT WILL I BE SATISFIED WITH THE JOB I GET?

According to PayScale.com, students with a BBA or BS degree in Economics rated their job satisfaction with 5 out of 5 stars (based on 45 and 243 votes, respectively), indicating they are extremely satisfied.   


WILL A DEGREE IN ECONOMICS HELP ME GET INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL?

An economics degree offers excellent preparation for students looking to pursue advanced degrees in business (M.B.A.), economics (M.S. / M.A. or Ph.D.), or law (J.D.). Based on a study from the National Institute of Education comparing 550,000 college students, economics majors tend to receive top scores on graduate entrance exams such as the LSAT and GMAT. In particular, economics majors scored +9.6% above the mean score of all test takers on LSAT and +7.3% on GMAT.   

Our graduates have gone on to pursue master’s degrees in business (MBA), statistics, public policy, and economics. Some of our students continued their education at the Ph.D. level at respectable institutions including Purdue, Clemson, and Wayne State, while others went on to law school at prestigious places such as Harvard and William & Mary.  

 
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