Economics Career Paths

There are a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of economics and many roles that those with a degree in economics can have, from research and analysis, to forecasting, to public policy work. Economists can be found in a range of industries and sectors, such as the Federal Reserve System, academia, think tanks, government agencies (e.g., U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis), consulting firms, financial services and investment firms, tech, media, and other companies, non-profits and associations, and intergovernmental organizations (e.g., World Bank, IMF).



"As an economist, you can go the Fed route, either with the Board or a Bank, you can work at a non-profit or for the government, or you can go straight to Wall Street. Economists also work for ratings agencies, in the media industry, in the corporate sector, or for international organizations like the World Bank or the IMF. As you're starting out, figure out where you view yourself in this world but also know that you can move around. There are many different avenues, and I think you should explore all of them." 

  --  Dana Peterson, Chief Economist, The Conference Board; NABE Director



Check out the below webinars and presentations highlighting career prospects provided by a degree in economics. Find out the types of problems economists solve, the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to get hired and get promoted as an economist in the various sectors, the career paths of our speakers, and the outlook for the economics job market for the upcoming year.

NABE Members can also access the 2022 NABE Salary Survey, which provides a look at the compensation and job characteristics of those in the NABE community.

CBE Careers in Economics Webinar Series:
Economics Careers in Finance

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Outlook for Economics Job Market in 2023-24

Outlook for Economics Careers in Industry
(TEC2023 Conference)

Ask an Economist! Navigating Career Paths in Economics | Audio Recording
(2023 NABE Annual Meeting)