Have you ever thought about whether free trade between the US and China benefits Americans? Opportunities for new markets in developing countries? Why we have pollution and what cost does it create for our society? Economists think about these and many other questions that affect our lives every day.
Economists use logic, reasoning and quantitative methods to help answer some of these questions.
A degree in economics opens up many employment possibilities within government, private sector and non-profit industries.
What can I do with a major in Economics?
Students that have graduated from Boise State University in the last 30 years have found employment in:
- The Energy Industry
- Human Relations
- Federal, State, and Local Government
- College and High School Teaching
- Economic Consulting
- Law Enforcement
- Real Estate Development
- Financial Planning
- Data Processing
- Business Ownership
In the course of these careers, they have also become company presidents, managers, lawyers, and analysts.
Salaries in the Economics field vary with positions and responsibilities. According to the College of Business and Economics survey of 2005 graduates, salaries for Economics majors ranged from $24,000 to $65,000. The median salary was $37,000.
According to the 2006-2007 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate for employment in Economics is 1-8% through 2014.