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Economics

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As an Economics major, Zeynep Kart developed critical thinking skills that she put to use while serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member. She was one of approximately 60 members deployed into schools with the most at-risk students. Read more here.

Majoring in Economics within the College of Liberal Arts

As an Economics major, Zeynep Kart developed critical thinking skills that she put to use while serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member. She was one of approximately 60 members deployed into schools with the most at-risk students.

 

Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Economics may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Property Tax Analyst
  • Product Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Labor Analyst
  • Finance and Industrial Management Specialist
  • Quality Analyst / Engineer
  • Strategy Manager
  • Graduate or Professional School

Average Starting Salary: $53,836

(average of all Economic majors)

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Economics majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • In-depth understanding of theories, principles, and methods of economics and consumer behavior.
  • Practical knowledge of economic and statistical data in area of specialization, such as finance, labor, or agriculture.
  • Ability to conduct research on economic issues and disseminate research findings through technical reports or scientific articles in journals.
  • Compile, analyze, and report data to explain economic phenomena and forecast market trends.
  • Understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies, such as proposed legislation, taxes, services, and regulations.
  • Aptitude using analytical or scientific software, data base user interface and query programs, and object or component oriented development software.

Economics majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: 

Companies

  • US Senate
  • Gerber Scientific
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Teach for America
  • Moonbasa Bank of East Asia

Graduate School

  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Cornell University
  • College of William and Mary 
  • University of Chicago
  • Michigan State University

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