Calling all economics connoisseurs! A background in economics prepares you for a variety of different roles and opportunities. Here are a few places to kickstart your research, use this as a starting point for finding your niche role.
The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door. Each volume is loaded with up-to-date information on industry trends, employment and earnings statistics, and what employers look for in job candidates. Vault editors have researched and analyzed information from government and industry sources, professional groups, news reports, career and job-search resources, and a variety of other sources to produce these valuable career planning resources. This makes Vault a great place to start!
Job Market Insights is a very helpful tool available through CSE Connect. Use this real life employment data from across the country to help inform your career decision making. By filtering for industry and occupation, you can use this resource to gather useful information pertaining to marketing. Some key takeaways from this resource include employment trends, top employers, annual earnings, and skills required for various occupations. For example, filter the industry for Government and Public Administration and occupation for Economists for an in-depth look at this field.
Check out this informative article from the Harvard Business Review! Did you notice that Amazon is listed as the top employer of economists in the previous resource, Job Market Insights? Find out why Amazon, and many other tech giants, are seeking out economists to hire, as well as five key questions that economists can help these companies answer.
Kaushik Basu, the previous president of the International Economics Association (IEA), wrote this insightful Op-Ed on important issues being addressed by some of the world’s most influential economists. If you have a passion for problem solving on a global scale, perhaps delving into the IEA is a good place to start!
Use your transferable skills to excel in one of these careers! A background in economics can set you up for success in a variety of different roles, here are a few from the muse.
Pursue your passion for social issues with a career in Economic Consulting! This is a great publication by NERA Economic Consulting that details how they apply economic principles on behalf of clients, providing analysis, expert testimony, and regulatory insight in complex litigation, regulation, and economic consulting engagements
Are you interested in law, medicine, government, non-profits, or international relations? Find out how your degree in economics can help you jumpstart your career in any of these areas!
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has multiple opportunities for people with backgrounds in economics, depending on level of education. Check out their website and see if you are interested in the NBER!
Finally, The Brandeis NABE Chapter is a student chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and others who use economics in the workplace. Learn more here