Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Economics and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Economics major at Purchase College. 

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Organized
  • Ability to analyze data
  • Analytical thinking
  • Aptitude for leadership
  • Aptitude for accuracy & detail
  • Ability to lead, supervise & direct others
  • Strong written & spoken communication
  • Ability to communicate ideas & concepts to others
  • Reading comprehension


  • Account Executive
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Bank Officer
  • Bank Teller
  • Bookkeeper
  • Branch Manager
  • Cost Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Economist
  • Educator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Agent
  • Investment Banker
  • Journalist
  • Labor Economist
  • Lawyer
  • Loan Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Public Administrator
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sales Rep
  • Securities Broker
  • Statistician
  • Store Manager
  • Systems Analyst
  • Underwriter


  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Retail Organizations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical  Companies
  • Private Companies
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Government Agencies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS  - The American Economic Association - Careers in  Economics - National Association for Business Economics - American Bankers Association - American Finance Association -  Economic Policy Institute - Careers in finance - Association for Social Economics - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Economics jobs - Economics jobs -  NABE Job Center - Job listings through The Economist - Accounting, Finance and Banking Career Network  - Search for finance jobs and banking careers - Financial Job Network - The Employment Site for Underwriters - Jobs in the financial industry – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search - Job openings for Economists – Jobs in Finance. – Financial career matchmaking

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  7/15

Career Information & Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements



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