Why be an Economist?

SKILLS POSSESSED BY ECONOMICS UNDERGRADUATES :

Many employers are interested in the skills which economics majors tend to possess. These include:

  • skills in gathering data and in employing various data analysis techniques
  • skills in writing clear, concise technical reports and essays
  • skills in critical thinking and in quantitative analysis
  • ability to analyze and to communicate the results of their analysis
  • ability to recognize behavior in relation to work, production, distribution and
    consumption

SAMPLE JOB TITLES FOR ECONOMICS UNDERGRADUATES :
(some may require additional education and/or training beyond the undergraduate degree)

  • economist
  • economic researcher
  • pricing analyst
  • sales analyst
  • labour analyst
  • investment analyst
  • journalist
  • investment administrator
  • benefits coordinator
  • financial service manager
  • economic forecaster
  • securities analyst trainee
  • budget officer
  • fixed income portfolio manager
  • insurance agent
  • foreign trade analyst
  • commodities trader
  • market research analyst
  • securities broker
  • cost estimator
  • Bank research analyst
  • customer profit analyst
  • financial researcher
  • population studies analyst
  • financial analyst
  • rate analyst
  • Real estate agent
  • international trade specialist
  • economic consultant
  • profit investment coordinator
  • policy analyst
  • strategic planner
  • legislative assistant
  • cost determinations economist
  • business analyst
  • planning and program analyst

AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT : (this list is not exhaustive)

  • banks/credit unions/caise populaires
  • transportation companies
  • agricultural companies
  • management consulting firms
  • economic research institutions
  • trust companies
  • analysis/forecasting firms
  • insurance companies
  • newspapers
  • financial information firms
  • real estate agencies
  • stock exchanges
  • international trade companies
  • investment dealers
  • manufacturing firms
  • oil companies
  • computer/telecommunication companies
  • department stores
  • environmental protection agencies
  • labour unions
  • government departments (all levels)
  • utility companies
  • statistical research firms