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

* 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
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Public utilities
  • Federal government:
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Comptroller of the Currency
    • Health and Human Services
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • General Services Administration
    • Department of Commerce
  • Federal government - cont'd
    • General Accounting Office
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of Labor
    • Veterans Administration
    • Department of Transportation
    • Department of the Treasury
    • Federal Reserve System
    • City, county and state government
    • Brokerage firms
    • Educational institutions
    • 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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