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Career Center

The Career Center, which is located in the Student Services Building, Room 185 (Ph. 438-2200), offers a variety of services to students seeking employment after graduation or internship/co-op opportunities.

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Current Growth Occupations

Majoring in Economics helps you develop important skills, including critical thinking and analytical reasoning. These general skills are valuable for any decision and any job or occupation. Thus, a degree in Economics provides you with the flexibility to adapt in a changing environment and take advantage of new opportunities. A degree in Economics is excellent preparation for a variety of careers and occupations. Individuals who want to be competitive in today's job market need to be ready and able to adapt as our economy evolves and grows.

The ability to critically evaluate problems and identify workable solutions is particularly important. To be successful, individuals need to be able to access and process information from a variety of sources and apply that information to specific problems using a variety of analytical tools. A quick glance at the partial list of the fastest growing occupations projected to have the largest numerical increases in employment between 2004 and 2014, by level of post secondary education or training presented below confirms this.

The Economics major is particularly well suited to prepare you for the career challenges in the twenty-first century by helping you develop important skills:

  • Applying a general framework of analysis for solving "real-world" problems
  • Conduct mathematical and statistical analysis
  • Work with data to address specific issues
  • Effectively communicate, in written and oral form, with others

Related Occupations Based on Degree


Bachelor's degree

  • Network systems and data communications analysts
  • Physician assistants
  • Computer software engineers, applications
  • Computer software engineers, systems software
  • Network and computer systems administrators
  • Elementary school teachers, except special education
  • Accountants and auditors
  • Computer software engineers, applications
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education

Bachelor's or higher degree; plus work experience

  • Education administrators, preschool and childcare center/program
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Training and development managers
  • Actuaries
  • Medical and health services managers
  • General and operations managers
  • Management analysts
  • Financial managers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Sales managers