What Can You Do With a Degree in Economics?

A bachelor’s degree in economics prepares students for a variety of careers.

Students pursuing an economics degree can choose from five concentrations: financial economics, international economics, urban economics, public policy, and economic analysis. Alumni with degrees in economics may attain positions in areas such as business management, finance, law, actuary, education, sales, administrative, and journalism in addition to economics.

Top Employers for Economics Internships and Full-Time Employment (Based on LinkedIn)

There is a lot of information available on LinkedIn, profiles of close to 10,000 Brooklyn College alumni who graduated with a degree in economics. Join the Brooklyn College Alumni group and see where alumni are currently working, their skill sets, and their career progression. You can filter further based on employer, class year, etc.

Selected Alumni Profiles

What Is the Average Economic Analyst’s Salary?

Like all careers, there are different factors influencing an economist analyst’s salary; geographic location, education level, type of industry, and level of experience. According to LinkedIn Salary, the median annual wage for economics analysts ranges from $64,000 to $144,000, with the median wage being around $98,000. Check out the article 10 Jobs for Graduates With an Economics Degree, which includes various career options for economic majors, including potential salaries.

The best approach to determining possible salaries is to research them on websites like Indeed.com, Occupational Network (O*NET), and Salary.com. Also, Glassdoor also has a long list of job titles with average salaries.

On-Campus Resources

There are a number of resources on campus that will help you learn more about economics career options. Attend events and keep up to date on the resources available to you.

Magner Career Center

The Magner Career Center has a wealth of information on everything you need to get started in your career, help with résumés/cover letters/job search/interviewing, an internship database, job fairs, and more.

  • The career center hosts frequent career events that may be of interest to you. These include careers for economics majors, clubs like the Economics Club and the Brooklyn College Marketing Society, and various workshops hosted by the Big 4.
  • You can get matched with alumni who majored in economics at Brooklyn College to learn about their experiences, seek career advice, and develop a professional relationship.
  • The center’s YouTube channel features videos featuring economics alumni, students, employers, and events.
  • HireBC offers starter, competitive internships, and even jobs postings from Brooklyn College’s dedicated Job Board. Access HireBC via BC WebCentral, under the Career Tab. Many alumni post their positions with hopes of working with Brooklyn College students. Upload your résumé for higher-level positions that require an “approved” résumé.
  • Sabine Saint-Cyr is the liaison to the School of Business and Paula Cohen is the career adviser. These are the right people you need to meet with for guidance. For more information or to set up appointments, visit the center’s website, call 718.951.5696, or visit 1303 James Hall.

Department of Finance Resources

The programs within the Department of Economics lead to highly successful career paths in nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Either way, our program will provide you with the assets you’ll need in a competitive business world.

Advising Office

The Advising Office for economics majors can provide guidance in applying to graduate schools. Feel free to e-mail the academic adviser for economics for assistance.

Student Clubs

To find all clubs and the latest events, search for the names of clubs and sign in to RSVP for the events you would like to attend.

Off-Campus Resources


Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession, and how to position yourself to launch and build the career you want. Review Vault Guides to learn about careers. There are guides for most major industries including economics. Gain free access by:

Occupational Network (O*NET)

Occupational Network offers occupational statistics such as salaries and growth potential for all occupations. Additionally, you can search occupations by name or by your own interests, skills, abilities, etc.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook gives you information on the training and education needed for the job, earning potential, expected job prospects, what you would be doing on the job, and what the working conditions are like.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has tons of resources for a budding professional. Expert online tutorials on everything from Excel from the Basic to Super-User Level as well as Time Management, Business Phone Etiquette, Customer Service Skills, and much more. Free Premium Access can be granted to individuals with a valid New York Public Library card or Brooklyn Public Library card.

CUNY Meetups

CUNY Meetups hosts various events throughout the semester open to all CUNY students and alumni. They have a CUNY Finance MeetUp and host frequent events.

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