Economists analyze problems and policies related to the production, distribution,
and consumption of goods and services. As an Economics major, you will find career
opportunities in business, industry and government. Your major also provides excellent
preprofessional training for careers in administration, business, public service,
research, teaching, and law.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Agricultural Economist *
|Banking Operations Officer
||Political Economist *
|Contract And Procurement Specialist
|Environmental Economist *
|Foreign Service Officer
|Insurance Claim Adjuster
||Transportation Industry Analyst
Nature of the Work
Economists typically collect, compile and analyze data.
You may study how society uses scarce resources such as water or investigate current
problems such as unemployment. Sometimes economists design surveys to gather the data
Some economists develop theories to explain, for example, the causes of inflation.
Most specialize in a particular area like finance or labor and use their understanding
of economic relationships to advise businesses, industry associations, unions and
As an economist, you may teach, conduct research, consult or do a combination of all
Places of Employment
||Federal government - cont'd
||- General Accounting Office
||- Department of Defense
||- Department of Labor
||- Veterans Administration
||- Department of Transportation
|- Central Intelligence Agency
||- Department of the Treasury
|- Comptroller of the Currency
||- Federal Reserve System
|- Health and Human Services
||City, county and state government
|- Internal Revenue Service
|- General Services Administration
|- Department of Commerce
A bachelor's degree in Economics may qualify you for an entry-level position in research,
administration, and management.
Typically, you would need a graduate degree for those positions designated by an asterisk.
A Ph.D. is necessary for university teaching and for top positions in many organizations.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.