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Old 10-03-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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Default What kind of job can you get with an economics degree

What kind of job can you get with an economics degree?
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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I was actually wondering the same thing. My major is in Economics right now. I figure that with that degree one can get into an Analysis job in which we analyze the economy and then give our company an overall picture on where exactly to place there product in the market.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: southern california
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eco major BA? did you want fries with that?probably public service job.
eco with BS, good chance you will work in a finance related job analyst ect.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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I thought financial analyst had finance degrees
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:07 PM
 
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Most financial analysts have very strong backgrounds in math and computer science. They usually do M.A.'s in economics for the analysis skills.

Now, what exactly is the value of an economics degree? Well, as an accountant I'm often infuriated by the sheer stupidity and ignorance that passes for "analysis" with respect to economists The same people that think they can apply a complex mathematical formula to define inflation for the past quarter cannot measure inventory, read financial statements and draw useful conclusions ("I calculated EPS!" "Just shut up" is a common interaction) or really analyze the financial position of a company. Most of the information we see with regards to the economy is macroeconomics, otherwise known as the study of fairyland, where rainbows sing songs and gumdrops grow on trees.

Other than that, economics at the undergraduate level does teach you highly useful analytical skills. Mostly these skills are useful in managerial positions. Personally I think of economics as being a consequence analysis field.

Finance is a closely related field. It's the economics of money but mostly of investment vehicles and financial instruments.

If you choose to study economics at a higher level, you'll need some math (calculus, matrix algebra, etc) and an ability to handle econometrics as you learn it. Most econ positions are for banking or social science research projects.
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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Most analysts have a strong background in CompSci, Why?

I can understand needing math, but compsci?

What do econ major usually do for a living?
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Might just get you a bank job?
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Might just get you a bank job?
Yes, with Washington Mutual, mmm, no no no, too late, aaaa, Ameribank, mmm,no no no, too late, aaaa, Silver State Bank, mmm, no no no, too late, aaaa, Integrity Bank, mmm, no no no, too late, aaa, Columbian Bank & Trust, mmm, no too late, aaa, First Priority Bank, mmm, no no no, too late, aaa, First Heritage Bank First Bank of Nevada, get the point, thats seven of 13 that have closed this year alone lots of ex bank employees out there looking for jobs.
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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what is the difference between BA econ, and BS econ?
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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What kind of job can you get with an economics degree?
Too bad we can't get you into Congress.
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