Economists study how society distributes scarce resources such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They research issues such as energy costs, inflation, interest rates, imports, or employment levels.

Significant Points:

  • Demand for qualified market and survey researchers should be strong.
  • Candidates who hold an advanced degree will have the best employment prospects and advancement opportunities.

Sample Occupations:

  • Economists
  • Employment Research and Planning Director
  • Forecast Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Analyst

Skills Required:

  • Strong written skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Frequent travel may be necessary

Professional Organizations:

  • Undergraduate Council (UC)
  • Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (UPCC)
  • National Association for Business Economics
  • Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration


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