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What can I do with my degree in Economics?

Economics careers

The occupations below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from the School of Economics.

Economist

Economists research and analyse economic trends, issues and data and produce forecasts & reports. This is used as the basis for advising clients (companies, financial institutions and public bodies) and providing them with economic information to assist in forming policy or strategy.

Job profile of an economist from the Prospects website
Job profile of an economist from the TARGET Jobs website

Actuary

Actuaries apply mathematical and statistical techniques to business problems. They work out the degree of risk on life assurance policies, pensions and employee benefits and investments.

Job profile of an actuary from the Prospects website
Job profile of an actuary from the TARGET Jobs website
Institute of Actuaries: Becoming an Actuary
Inside Careers: Actuaries

Chartered Accountant

Chartered accountants provide financial advice to clients that range from multinational organisations and governmental bodies to small independent businesses. Accountants often specialise in particular areas of practice, including audit, management consultancy, recovery, forensic accountancy, taxation, assurance, and corporate finance.

Job profile of a chartered accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
Inside Careers: Chartered Accountancy
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Investment analyst

Investment analysts undertake research and provide information and reports to help stock market traders, stockbrokers and fund managers make decisions about investments.

Job profile of an investment analyst from the Prospects website
Job profile of an investment analyst from the TARGET Jobs website
Inside Careers: Banking and Investments

Investment Banker

Investment banking relates primarily to raising capital for companies and other organisations, the provision of mergers and acquisition advice or advice on specific issues such as raising loans or stock exchange flotations.

Job profile of an investment banker from the Prospects website
Job profile of an investment banker from the TARGET Jobs website
Inside Careers: Banking and Investments

Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

Please note that some of these careers may require further study. In particular, if you are interested in a career as an economist, a postgraduate degree is almost essential. Approximately 3% of graduates from Economics BA/BSc degrees begin their career in a specialised economics position each year; however, this proportion rises to over a third of those completing Master's degrees in Economics

People in some subject roles may be self-employed

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019