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Common Career Paths for Economics Majors


Meet our Alumni Panelists that joined us for the Informational Seminar:

"Economics Careers During a Recession"



Did you know....

In the 2015 UC Davis Survey of Recent Baccalaureate Recipients, 84% of the surveyed economics alumni reported being employed full-time compared to the UC Davis wide percentage of 67%. - A key statistic from the program review


What I can do with my major?

1. Insight Into the Real World Makes Economics Majors Marketable, by 


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 A Career In Economics... It's Much More Than You Think. Video from the American Economics Association on Vimeo.

Ever wonder where some of our alumni go after they graduate? Some Undergraduate placements include: 

  • Masters program in (theoretical) economics in LSE
  • Masters in applied economics/management in UCLA, Cornell
  • Masters program in statistics/biostatistics in Yale, Chicago, Columbia
  • Research assistant in the economics department in the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • PhD program in UC Davis, UC Irvine
  • Business Intelligence Developer (Epic Systems), Data Visualization Engineer (SpringML), Consultant (KPMG)

Where can I look for Jobs?

1. Take a look at the Internship and Career Center for support!

2. This is our campus resource description and information about careers for an Economics major. It also includes helpful links to descriptions from

3. This has some simple career paths for economics degree holders:

4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook where students can learn about different types of careers:

5. State of California site that allows people to take a quick survey to see what types of jobs they might be suited for as well as descriptions of different career paths and requirements for those careers:


Career Skills

1. Software

Recommendations that students learn Excel, MS Office generally (i.e. Word, PowerPoint), possibly LaTex and of course some type of econometric software like “R”.   

2. Networking

It is important to network and get to know people in your chosen field. Some suggestions may be joining campus clubs, sign up for Linkedin, join the UC Davis Economics Alumni Group etc. 

3. Certifications

Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Public Accountant, and other types of certifications have been pursued beyond a post-undergraduate degree or alternatively to a graduate program.