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Career Information for Economics Majors



Economics is the study of the production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services. Economics study attempts to clarify how the use of natural, technological, and financial resources affect the lives of human beings.
from: College Majors & Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning. 6th Edition by Paul Phifer. p.84

Careers include:

  • Economist
  • Country risk analyst
  • Economic development coordinator
  • Labor economist
  • Economic forecaster and analyst

May be employed by the Federal Reserve System, government agencies, corporations, international agencies, consulting firms, and banks



Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

Search for reports about Economists or any of the careers listed above. The Occupational Outlook Handbook website maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor provides:

  • Hundreds of types of jobs, accessible by job title or general occupational areas
  • Training and educational requirements
  • Salaries
  • Expected job growth
  • Job descriptions
  • Working conditions



Career Databases


Vault Online Career Library (Career Insider)

  • Career articles
  • Descriptions of occupations
  • Occupational surveys
  • Company profiles and rankings
  • Industry guides

WetFeet Career Guides

  • Available via Penn State Career Services
  • Career articles
  • Industry overviews
  • Job search strategies
  • Company profiles and company culture insights




Associations provide not only helpful information for practitioners, but wonderful career resources as well. Association web sites often have two levels of access: public information (free) and also information for members only (fee-based). Associations usually publish newsletters, journals and other resources to help their membership stay on top of issues in the profession. Links to related associations are usually posted.

Additional associations may be found in each report in the Occupational Outlook Handbook




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Find articles in ABI/INFORM and Business Source Premier

Suggested searches:

  • [Specific company name]
  • Corporate culture
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Economics AND careers
  • Browse publications such as The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrow search to trade publications



Company Information

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