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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

Account Executive Loan Assistant
Agricultural Economist * Loan Officer
Bank Examiner Management Trainee
Banking Operations Officer Marketing Representative
Budget Analyst Methods Analyst
Business Analyst Political Economist *
Credit Analyst Professor/Instructor/Teacher *
Contract And Procurement Specialist Research Assistant
Econometrician Revenue Officer
Economist * Securities Examiner
Environmental Economist * Staff Consultant
Financial Analyst Statistical Analyst
Foreign Service Officer Systems Analyst
Insurance Claim Adjuster Trade Assistant
Insurance Underwriter Transportation Industry Analyst
Internal Auditor  
* See Training section

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 they need.

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 government.

As an economist, you may teach, conduct research, consult or do a combination of all three.

Places of Employment

Consulting firms Federal government - cont'd
Banks - General Accounting Office
Insurance companies - Department of Defense
Manufacturing firms - Department of Labor
Public utilities - Veterans Administration
Federal government: - 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 Brokerage firms
- General Services Administration Educational institutions
- Department of Commerce Aerospace industry


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) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

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