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  • Cost Analysis

  • Intelligence

  • Foreign Trade

  • Analysis

  • Public Administration

  • Transportation Management

  • Urban Planning

Government departments involved in agriculture, business, finance, labor, transportation, urban economics, and international trade including: USDA, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the United Nations, and the General Accounting Office

Become active in student government. Complete an internship in a government agency. Earn a graduate degree in economics, statistics, public administration, or related field for promotion and advancement. Become familiar with government hiring practices. Develop excellent computer, analytical, and quantitative skills.

Economic Market Research

  • Research Analysis

  • Consulting

Market research firms

Consumer goods manufacturing firms

Business firms

Consulting firms

Supplement curriculum with courses in business, political science, research design, survey design, statistics, and computer science. Earn a graduate degree to obtain advanced research and consulting positions. Obtain experience in business research. Become a student member in related professional associations. Get involved in student or community organizations to develop leadership skills.

Banking & Finance

  • Credit Lending

  • Operations

  • Systems

  • Trusts

  • Securities: Sales, Research

Commercial banks

Regional banks

Savings and loan associations

National and regional brokerage firms

Discount brokerage houses

Develop a solid background in business including finance, marketing, and accounting. Gain experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in financial service firms. Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele. Become the financial officer or treasurer of a campus organization. Get involved with an investments club. Earn an MBA for positions in investment banking.


  • Underwriting

  • Sales

  • Operations


Insurance firms

Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. Earn a business minor.

Gain sales experience. Participate in campus organizations.


  • Hospital Management

  • Healthcare Analysis

Private (LLC) corporations

US Department of Health


Health Maintenance Organizations

Earn a master's degree in public health or hospital administration. Gain experience in healthcare through internships.

Other Business Areas

  • Management

  • Buying and Purchasing

  • Human Resources

  • Hospitality

  • Sales

Department, grocery, drug, specialty, and variety store chains

Hotels, resorts, and tourism councils


Large corporations

Gain related business experience through internships or jobs. Demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility. Secure leadership positions in campus organizations.

Earn a business minor. Obtain sales experience.


Colleges and universities

Secondary public and private schools

Earn a Ph.D to teach in post-secondary institutions. Gain research experience by assisting a professor. Obtain certification for public school positions. Get experience working with young people. Develop strong public speaking skills.

Strategies for placement in Economics

  • Choose a career focus and structure curricular and extra-curricular activities to achieve goals.
  • Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, or internship experience to enhance career path. For example, complete a finance-related internship if interested in a career in banking.
  • Develop an excellent background in research, statistics, and computers.
  • Earn a graduate degree in economics, business, or other related fields for increased marketability.
  • Do informational interviewing with professionals to learn more about fields of interest.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA /ADEA Employer.


National Association for Business Economics
Economists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Market Research Analysts from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Teachers-Postsecondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook