Career Planning for Economics


What Can I Do With This Major?

Each of the IU South Bend Leighton School of Business alumni listed below have a degree in economics.  Each are at different points in their career—some are just starting out, some have years of experience.

While everyone’s career path is unique, you can learn more about how your career might look by reviewing these profiles:


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How to list this degree on your resume

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Bachelor Degree Requirements:

Examples of Jobs in These Fields

Below are only a few examples of jobs you can get with this degree.  Learn more about other jobs here.

If you have a specific job in mind, you can learn more about it here.  

Examples of Detailed Job Descriptions

To get a job after college, you will need a degree AND experience.  Looking at job descriptions gives you an understanding of what employers want, beyond just your degree.

Many employers will consider class projects, internships, part-time jobs, club involvement and volunteer positions you held as relevant experience.

Below are some examples of job descriptions. Some of the duties may be unfamiliar to you now.  Do not worry, you’ll understand more as you take classes and progress in the major

  • Economist
    • Analyze monthly employment surveys for states and metropolitan areas
    • Identified emerging economic trends and issues
    • Use SAS and Excel to manipulate and analyze large datasets
    • Work under strict production deadlines
    • Perform independent research on statistical methods to produce more accurate estimates
    • Coordinate with state and regional economist
    • Qualifications: Bachelor degree in economics or finance, two years minimum experience, familiarity with SAS, JMP, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Visio)
  • Environmental/Natural Resource Economist
    • Conduct economic assessments to determine the appropriate type and scale of restoration to compensate the public for natural resource injuries
    • Work as part of a team of scientists and attorneys on natural resource damage assessment cases
    • Strong verbal and writing skills, analytical skills, energetic, strategic thinker
    • Requires a degree in economics, preferably in one of more of the following sub-disciplines: environmental, natural resource, or agricultural economics; or environmental policy. US Citizenship required
    • Desired Qualifications: Experience in valuing natural resources and environmental goods and services, Knowledge of damage assessment procedures mandated by CERCLA and OPA
  • Researcher
    • We are seeking a motivated analyst of African politics and political economy. The candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa, ideally with a focus on francophone West Africa.
    • Conduct research and analytical forecasts for a wide range of multinationals and financial institutions for the firm’s Africa practice.
    • Ability to analyze political, social, security and economic trends in a fast-paced and forward-looking manner that helps clients gauge future risks and opportunities.
    • Produce multiple pieces of research—both short, event-driven analyses and longer reports—under tight deadlines.
    • Requirements: Must have excellent and succinct writing skills at native English level, and must be a skilled oral communicator and presenter; a bachelor’s degree in political science or other relevant discipline (economics or international relations), and a minimum of one year of relevant work experience. Candidates with an advanced degree are preferred.


Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

Listings in this section are not meant to be endorsements of the organizations by the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics.  Listings are meant for informational purposes only.

There may be additional professional organizations related to this major on the international, national, state and local levels.  Do an internet search to find more opportunities. 

Professional Development Opportunities 

Job and Internship Boards

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