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Career Options

What can I do with an Economics Major?

Anything. Private industry and government always need employees with strong analytical skills coupled with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. The economics major at CSUSB, with its emphasis on analysis, computer skills, and political economic history, is suited for this task. 

Employment Outlook

Individuals with a B.A. in economics can be found in a wide variety of fields and positions. Our alumni work for banks, local government, non-profits, real estate companies, and consulting companies. 

The employment and salary outlook for individuals with a B.A. in economics will remain strong far into the future. Employment of economics majors is expected to grow at least as fast as the average for all occupations.

Because the state of California requires that economics be taught at the high school level, the demand for secondary school teachers with knowledge of economics is growing faster than ever.

Jobs

Students who anticipate graduating within two semesters should speak with an Economics faculty advisor and set up an appointment with the Career Development Center in UH-329. The Career Development Center offers assistance in resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and meeting with on-campus recruiters.

Internet job resources include: After College, California Job Source, California State Civil Service Jobs, and Career.com.

Earnings of College Graduates by Major

A recent study sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that the median annual earnings of economics graduates is higher than the median annual earnings of all majors.

A degree in economics does not guarantee anyone a job or a high salary, but the economics major, with its emphasis on analytical skills, is highly valued in today's economy.