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What Can I Do With This Major?


First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Economics
Economics Web Sites


The Department of Economics stresses analytic and quantitative approaches to the study of human choice and economic behavior, the functioning of the economic system, and specific subject areas and economic issues. Students develop analytic and quantitative skills in the economics major that are useful not only for economics but for other subjects as well. Resources on the Economics department Web site include the department newsletter and listings of upcoming economics conferences.

The major in economics provides background for many positions in business and government. Some graduates pursue advanced degrees in economics and others enroll in professional schools of business, law, public policy, and other fields.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Economics alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Economics major at Brandeis.

Economics Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Economics major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title
2012 Google Product Quality Analyst Technology
2012 Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Math Teacher Education
2012 EnerNOC Inc. Project Manager Energy
2011 Integrated Media Solutions Digital Supervisor Marketing and Advertising
2010 John Hancock Analyst Finance and Banking
2010 Goldman Sachs Operations Analyst Finance and Banking
2010 Federal Reserve Bank of New York Research Associate Research/ Finance and Banking
2010 Inbrands Design Assistant Media and Design
2007 Michael Page International Recruitment Consultant Human Resources and Recruiting
2007 JPMorgan Chase Client Portfolio Manager Finance and Banking
2006 Capgemini Consultant Consulting


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify Economics majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Economics (.pdf)

Economics Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success and the world of work. To identify the skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).


  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Occupations

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Bond Trader
Hospitality Manager
Industrial/Institutional Buyer
Credit Analyst / Loan Officer
Healthcare Administrator
Populations Studies Analyst
Urban/Regional Planner
International Trade Specialist
Securities Trader
Industrial Economist
Treasury Management Specialist
Public Administrator/Manager
Technical Writer

Consumer Affairs Director
Financial Economist
Business Forecaster
Labor Relations Specialist
Populations Studies Analyst
Institutional Research Director
Government Administrator
Real Estate Agent/Broker
Wage and Salary Administrator
Information Scientist
Commodity-Industry Analyst
Cost Analyst
Intelligence Agent

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development