Why are the benefits of pursing a degree in economics?

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When you study economics, you'll investigate the subject from two perspectives. The view from 30,000 feet, or macroeconomics, covers society-wide issues such as inflation, unemployment and economic growth. You'll also study the field on a closer, or microeconomic, level, learning to analyze product pricing, competition between businesses in an industry, and the effects of regulation.

Because you'll perform wide-ranging quantitative and qualitative analysis of economic and social forces as an Economics student, this major is a great launching pad for careers in law, journalism and other fields that demand an understanding of individuals and society - as well as, of course, careers in academia and as professional economist. (If you're interested in pursuing graduate study in economics or actuarial science, consider enrolling in the quantitative track offered by the major.)

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  • Participate in statewide research while working alongside faculty active in the field, and at UND's Bureau of Business & Economic Research, which analyzes statewide trends.

  • Econ majors are primed to excel at the next level: On average, they score higher than any other business major on LSAT scores and other professional and graduate exams.

  • Learn to clearly explain complicated concepts - a skill that translates to countless other careers.

Jobs in Economics


Median annual salary for an economist, 2019

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Expected growth in demand for economists by 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Economists have an inside track on predicting the results of policies set by governments and businesses. As a result, you'll be in demand as a researcher, manager or administrator in a range of industries. Some of the industries economics majors typically work in include:

  • Corporate finance
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Investing
  • Accounting
  • Policy analysis
  • Financial management

Economics alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • American Bank Systems, Inc.
  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

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