What’s one of the most popular questions asked in this office? It’s “What can I do with a major in economics?” And the answer? Practically anything and everything.
Yes, it’s true. Your career options as an economics major are endless. Yet, this is why many students struggle to figure out what to do after college. Don’t worry. The ECDO is here to help you.
One of the reasons that economics majors can pursue almost any career is because of the skills gained through economics coursework. As an economics major you should:
Applying statistical methods
Testing an idea/hypothesis
Maintaining accurate records
Manipulating numerical data
Preparing financial reports/statements
Relating theory to practice
Applying quantitative analysis
Reading/interpreting relevant reports/statements
Writing grant proposals
Sizing up an audience
Presenting proposals reports
To help you define your career goals we’ve provided information on the typical paths economics majors pursue. For each path we have included information on relevant UW-Madison courses we believe will be beneficial for you to complete. In addition, we included the Take 5 section, which lists five courses outside of the economics department that would also be relevant as a supplement to your economics course work.
This is a guide only; you are not required to take all courses listed. Be aware that not all courses are offered each semester. Work with your academic advisor each semester to ensure you enroll in the correct courses and are completing all requirements.
Each section on this page also lists sample job titles to look for as you search for an internship or your first professional position. You will also find other career resources listed that are specific to that career path.