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What can I do with my degree in Economics?

Skills gained

A graduate in Economics typically will have the ability to:

  • abstract and simplify in order to identify and model the essence of a problem
  • analyse and reason – both deductively and inductively
  • marshal evidence and to assimilate, structure, and analyse qualitative and quantitative data
  • communicate concisely results to a wide audience, including those with no training in Economics
  • think critically about the limits of one’s analysis in a broader socio-economic context
  • draw economic policy inferences and to recognise the potential constraints in their implementation
  • apply literary and information-processing skills, as well as interpersonal skills.


Studying Economics therefore develops a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. These include:

  • Data handling and analysis
  • Communicating well in speech and writing
  • Numeracy
  • Thinking through and presenting logical arguments
  • Problem solving
  • Making decisions
  • Using IT well
  • Working with others
  • Time management
  • Managing and improving your own learning and performance

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019