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Career Readiness

The Bachelor of Economics is designed primarily as an education for future managers and decision makers in all areas of the economy.

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 you are 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
  • Potential employers

    There are three areas graduates often go into: Government, Non Government Organisations and Private Organisations. Graduates can work in areas such as policy, trade, international economics, development economics, risk management and much more.


    Many of these Government Departments offer 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 the Careers Service website.

  • Where are our graduates now?

    Martin Parkinson
    Secretary to the Treasury, member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management, member of the Board of Taxation, Infrastructure Australia, Council of Financial Regulators and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation

    • Head of Secretariat to the PM’s Task Group on Emissions Trading
    • Executive Director (Deputy Secretary) in the Australian Treasury, with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues.
    • Particpated in the reform of the international financial architecture whilst at the International Monetary Fund.
    • Senior Adviser to Treasurer Dawkins (early 1990s); he also worked for Treasurers Kerin and Willis.

    David Bassanese
    Economics commentator/writer for the Australian Financial Review

    • years in the Commonwealth Treasury
    • 3 years at the OECD in the early 1990’s
    • 2 years in the USA for Graduate studies
    • 7 years at BT and Macquarie Bank
    • Part founder of Café OZ, Paris’s first Australian theme bar

    Penelope Howarth
    With the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra

    • United Nations World Food Programme in Africa for 9 years, providing humanitarian assistance.
    • Headed World Vision's Government Relations Unit, working with indigenous communities in Australia
    • Various Government roles in SA Treasury, the Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and AusAID

    Guy Debelle
    Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia.

    As well as being a member of the Reserve Bank Board, he is Chair of the Reserve Bank Risk Management Committee, and Chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee.

    • International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His other most recent role at the Reserve Bank was Assistant Governor (Financial Markets).

    Bob Edgar

    Now retired, until 2009 he was ANZ Bank's Senior Managing Director, responsible for leading the Group's strategic growth and cost agenda. He also held responsibility for ANZ's Asian partnerships, and investment in ING Australia and Private Banking.

    Vanessa Tamms
    Business strategist and policy advisor at the BBC

    • Similar role at Virgin Atlantic Airways

    Nicholas Howarth
    Researching an MPhil at the University of Oxford, UK, in the Environmental Change Institute

    • A post graduate researcher with the European Investment Bank
    • Director of Economic Policy with the National Farmers Federation

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