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Old 12-31-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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I'm considering different colleges and universities in Boston and I like Math, sociology and $
Just looking for some opinions on what kinds of doors an econ degree could open?
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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What does this have to do with parenting?
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Not sure that this belongs in the Parenting section, but...

If you do well in your degree, it certainly cannot hurt when job searching, especially in business. It will allow you to pursue plenty of postgraduate studies as well, like an MBA, a JD or an MS in any of the mathematics; e.g. statistics or quantitative finance.

Can I ask you a question? What do you want to do after you graduate?
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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I graduated with an economics major. I am happy with it and the couple of people I kept in touch with who were the same major have done well for themselves.

You could become a quantitative analyst and make real good money. Probably a good fit for you if you enjoy math. There are several other econ specific jobs out there that pay very well and generally require good math skills. The good thing about Economics is that you can also apply it a lot more broadly as well. I could have gotten my current job with a generic bachelors in business.

I would recommend it if its an area of interest for you. I gained a true understanding of markets and investing that will help me for life by studying economics.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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Sociology will generally present the most limited options, particularly if you ultimately want a high-paying career. You could get a math degree and still get hired to work in a sociological field if you're good at stats/data systems/etc.

Both math and econ give you a broader variety of options for careers and/or graduate study, imo.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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I'm considering different colleges and universities in Boston and I like Math, sociology and $
Just looking for some opinions on what kinds of doors an econ degree could open?
Look into Actuarial Science. It is a field that would utilize all of these interest areas. Coursework is a combination of math, computer science and economics for the most part. It's a well paying field with basically a 0% unemployment rate right now.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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Economics teaches you a lot of the underlying theory behind more employable fields like accounting and finance, yet is not as employable itself at the undergraduate level. A very skilled economics graduate is probably not going to have that much trouble with routine accounting work once they familiarize themselves with concepts, but no one will hire you with an unrelated degree. It's useful and I've certainly learned lots from my economics education, but it will not help in the job market.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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Economics teaches you a lot of the underlying theory behind more employable fields like accounting and finance, yet is not as employable itself at the undergraduate level. A very skilled economics graduate is probably not going to have that much trouble with routine accounting work once they familiarize themselves with concepts, but no one will hire you with an unrelated degree. It's useful and I've certainly learned lots from my economics education, but it will not help in the job market.
Really??? That has not been my experience.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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Are you attending a University that is esteemed enough to get you a position at Forbes, or with a political magazine? If not then dont do it. There are VERY few jobs out there for economists. Go to indeed and type in Economist.
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