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What type of job can I get with an Economics degree?

"Economics had not been offered as a subject at my secondary school, it was in first year university that I was initially inspired by macro and micro.  My economics degree from Adelaide University was a marker for the direction of my further study and my professional life. I found I had a foundation on which to build my views on economies and communities, on justice, productivity and commerce. I also had a framework through which I could make policy judgements across the spectrum of  political and economic debate.

Economics has been a major part of my life and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to take my first degree at the University of Adelaide."

Carolyn Hewson
Director, Westpac

The opportunities for employment are as broad as your interests. Try typing 'Economics' into the search engine in any recruitment web site and see what comes up – the list is long and varied. The Bachelor of Economics is designed primarily as an education for future managers and decision makers in all areas of the economy. Specifically there are three areas graduates often go to:Government,Non Government OrganisationsandPrivate Organisations(see below for examples of all of these). Graduates can work in areas such as Policy, Trade, International Economics, Development Economics, Risk Management and much more.

An understanding of economics is essential to any business or government career. Economic principles are always relevant and will give you the leading edge, whether you are running a small business or the financial director of a publicly listed company.

Jobs requiring an economics degree include:

  • Agricultural Economist
  • Building Economist
  • Econometrician
  • Economic Natural Resources Manager
  • Economic and Financial Markets Reporter
  • Finance Manager
  • Graduate Quantitative Traders Assistant
  • Health Economics Associate
  • International Trade Analyst
  • Market Analyst/Researcher
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Relationship Manager

Other opportunities could include journalism, teaching, foreign affairs and international consulting.

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Potential Employers for graduates include:

"An economics degree opens up a world of unlimited opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

The development of good public policy benefits from the involvement of people with a range of different perspectives, but training in economics equips you with an analytical framework and set of skills that are central to defining the issues and assessing policy options.

People with economics working in central policy agencies like the Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet apply their skills in a wide range of disparate areas, including health, education and welfare policy, indigenous issues, the environment and climate change, defence and national security, aid and development, industry policy, financial market issues, as well as monetary, fiscal, competition and taxation policy."

Dr Martin Parkinson
Head of the Secretariat, Prime Ministerial Task Group On Emissions Trading


Many of these Government Departments offer and run specific Graduate Development Programs.

Non Government Organisations

  • Banks
  • Law firms
  • Business organisations
  • Insurance companies

Private Organisations

  • Merchant banks
  • Food exporters
  • Stockbrokers
  • Manufacturers

When it comes to planning your career and finding that all important first graduate position, the University of Adelaide provides all kinds of support and assistance.

For more information visit theCareers Service website.

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