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Occupations for Economics Graduates

Nearly all professional economists have a Ph.D. in Economics. Students who are interested in a career as an academic economist, a business economist, or a government economist should pursue the BS in Economics-Honors degree and prepare for a Ph.D. program. Some students go directly to a Ph.D. program while others work for a few years as an economic consultant, analyst, or investment banker before starting a Ph.D. program. About 25 percent of the Economics graduates from Purdue go directly to graduate school after graduation.

About 75 percent of the Economics graduates from Purdue go directly to the work force after graduation. The most popular occupations and employers for Purdue Economics graduates are listed below:

Common Occupations and Employers for Purdue Economics Graduates

Occupation Job Description Common Employers

Financial Analyst

Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting the employer's investment programs. Provides investment services to governments and corporations including buying, selling, and trading securities, managing assets, and giving financial advice. Advancement to Finance Manager, Finance Director, Finance Vice President, and CFO typically requires an MBA or Finance Master's Degree

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan Chase

Goldman Sachs

Wells Fargo

Market Research Analyst Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.


General Electric

Sears Holdings

Procter & Gamble

Economic Consultant

Analyze a business organizations' economic status and propose plans to help improve and change the existing programs. Some economic consultants provide litigation support. Advancement in consulting typically requires a graduate degree (MBA, MS, or PhD).

Ernst & Young



Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Compass Lexecon

Management Consultant

Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Advancement in consulting typically requires a graduate degree (MBA, MS, or PhD).


Bain & Company

McKinsey & Company


Logistics Manager Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.



BP Amoco

Operations Analyst Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.



Allstate Insurance

United Airlines


General Manager Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of an organization. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. Advancement from Manager to Department Head and Executive Officer typically requires an MBA.


Liberty Mutual


Bank of America

Policy Analyst Conduct quantitative analyses of the effects of public and private policies. Describe findings in a report.

Brookings Institution

American Enterprise Institute

United States House of Representatives

Indiana General Assembly

Economic Statistician / Demographer Collect, process, compile, and disseminate economic statistics for a group of people or companies.

U.S. Census Bureau

Bureau of Labor Statistics

United Nations