What Can I Do With a Major in... Economics

Economics is the study of how societies allocate limited resources to achieve competing ends. Using both empirical and deductive methods, economics analyzes incentives, constraints, organizational forms, and market forces to understand patterns of production, exchange, and consumption of goods and services. The B.A., B.S. and B.B.A. Economics programs provide an excellent educational background for a variety of positions in business and government. Graduates find employment in banking, financial institutions, industrial firms, and trade organizations and in federal, state, and local government agencies dealing with economic policy, regulation, and analysis. Economics also provides excellent preparation for the study of law and for graduate study in fields such as business management, public administration, hospital and health administration, urban and regional planning, transportation, journalism, political science, and statistics.

General Career Information


Sample Job Titles

Entry Level:

  • Account Executive
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
  • Economic Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Market Researcher
  • Operations Manager
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Manager


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These job titles

  • Account Executive
  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Bank Officer
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Buyer
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commodities Trader
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economist
  • Estate Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Investment Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Grant Contract Administrator
  • Health Policy Planner
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Investment Counselor
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Operations Manager
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator/Planner
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Social Welfare Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Stock Broker
  • Tax Preparer
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter
  • Urban Planner
  • Wage and Salary Administrator



Employment Areas
  • Corporate Finance
  • Banking/Securities
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Political Organizations
  • Management/Operations Management
  • Education
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Real Estate
  • Public Relations
Job and Internship Listings
Professional Organizations
Organizations That Have Hired UI Students and Alumni
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Accenture
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Pincipal Financial Group
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • IBM
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bear Stearns
  • Target

This is only a partial list - to view a complete list of organizations that recruit UI students and alumni, please visit: www.careers.uiowa.edu/students/uirecruit.html

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