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Economics

If you see world events and issues through an economic lens, thrive in solving complex problems using analytics and critical thinking, enjoy studying math and statistics as much as psychology and human behavior and don't mind pouring over reams of data to identify trends and insights into the world and its systems, a degree in Economics may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Economics students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Most economist positions require a master's or doctorate degree, though some entry-level positions, primarily in the federal government, only require a bachelor's degree.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math, science, and economic theory coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Experience in business is also highly valued. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Economics Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Economics include:

  • Economist
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economics Professor
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Economist was $105,020 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.