Career Opportunities

The department of economics is pleased to announce a new service for our majors, concentrators and minors. Aftercollege.com is a free online service that posts job opportunities and internships targeted at economics students. To view the job listings, click on Aftercollege Economics Career Network.

Although the department does not provide career services (that is handled by the Office of Career Education) from time to time the department does receive information regarding job openings from both the private and public sectors. When we receive these announcements, we typically email them to all of the students on the department’s mailing list of majors, joint majors and concentrators. From now on we will also post those announcements on this webpage along with any information that we have regarding information sessions held on campus. Many of those sessions are hosted by the Barnard-Columbia Economics Society so you should check their homepage periodically to find out about upcoming events.

In addition to posting the occasional job notice, we can provide you with some general information regarding careers opportunities for economics majors. Becoming an Economics Major is a brief essay outlining the types of jobs that economics majors typically get and the salaries that they earn. A much more extensive collection of essays detailing the life of a business economist can be found in Careers in Business Economics. This collection is published by the National Association for Business Economics and contains a number of essays written by economists working in the private sector. Included in the essays are those written by economists at AT&T, Chrysler, Thomson Financial Services, Macroeconomic Advisors LLC and KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. There is also some information regarding salaries of business economists. Finally there is the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides earnings statistics and job market prospects for a wide variety of occupations including economist.

If you are already looking for a job then you might want to check out some of the following websites:

Job Openings for Economists (JOE)

  • This is the monthly publication of the American Economics Association. Although most of the jobs listed are for Ph.D. economists there are some listings for BA only positions. These positions are included in the Non-Academic category.

Resources for Economists (RFE)

  • This is a comprehensive list of websites of interest to economists that is maintained by the American Economic Association. Included in this list are links to forecasting and consulting firms, news media outlets, academic research organizations and institutes and non-academic research and policy organizations.

USAJOBS

  • USAJOBS is a search engine for federal government jobs. The federal government is one of the largest employers of economists including those individuals with only a bachelor’s degree.

National Association for Business Economics (NABE)

  • This organization provides both general statistics on employment prospects as well as listing of job openings. Note however that you must be a member of the organization to access the listings of employment opportunities.

Finally check out a list of famous individuals who began their careers as economics majors.