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What do CSB & SJU Economics Majors/Minors Do After Graduation?

In 2000, the economics department surveyed its alumnae/i to determine how well their economics degree had prepared them for the world of work.  We not only found that our majors and minors work in a wide variety of occupations, we also learned their economics experiences at CSB/SJU prepared them well for their careers. 

In asking specifically about EC 384, the department's capstone course, we discovered that our students not only appreciated the opportunity to use their knowledge to explore an economic issue in-depth, but that they also found the experience to mirror career demands.

Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) careers:

Positions held:

These alumnae/i found the following aspects of their economics coursework to be very helpful in their current work:

Associate Financial Analyst

The skill of thinking. Economics is a huge thought process which can be used in everyday life. It also helps [you] know the broader picture in business and what will make a good business better. ... Economics [covers] all aspects of life and a program [demonstrating] that is good. Keep introducing students to non-traditional studies of economics to enhance the traditional studies.

Investment Analyst

[In the senior research seminar, I had to state] a thesis and needed to defend it. I do that everyday at work, picking distressed investments and providing justification for my investment choices.

Senior Associate - Institutional Investment Consultant

Understanding macroeconomic theory in great detail has been especially helpful in my career.

Commercial Portfolio Manager

Analytical thinking. Market information. Statistical analysis. Interviewers were impressed when they asked about my [384] project. Push for independent thinking

Assistant to the Director of Finance

The problem solving skills gained

Vice President, Equity Research Analyst

Making strong connections or correlation to current topics/issues. [Senior research seminar] provided a great framework for researching/ evaluating topics from start to finish

Estimator/Project Manager

Investment knowledge/techniques, market analysis, quantitative reasoning.

Financial Planner

Understanding supply and demand is paramount


Theories taught were useful, especially supply and demand; buyer characteristics; statistical work.  A general knowledge of markets and overall view of economy that helps me with small businesses.

Understanding market conditions and how they affect the industries our clients are involved in. Other basics such as the importance of product differentiation and how clients can increase market share and profitability. In the accounting profession the ability to think outside of the numbers is probably the most distinct advantage to having the Economics background.

Problem solving skills and macro class - knowing how the economy is strong and vibrant vs. recession helps develop auditor expectations for how the industry should perform. Additional applications of industry or special topics (i.e., environmental or special favorites of professors ) also interesting and challenging.

I double majored in Accounting. ... I loved the economics program: it helps in thinking outside the box.

Institutional Fixed Income Sales

Fundamentals of Economics are used daily in my current position. We are in a time period of global marketplace where understanding not only supply/demand but surplus and deficits, currency flows, debts, etc. [is crucial].  [Also] courses offered that allowed students to "think outside of the box" and challenge the norms such as social economics and religion and economics were interesting and offered a fresh perspective.

Property Manager

All of the fundamentals of Micro and Macro economics have been useful in my professional life.

Financial Analyst II

I learned to think. My economics courses helped me to be able to analyze and understand a variety of different types of information and situations. I was very happy with what was offered. [EC 384's research project's] synthesis of information has helped me put information that I have learned since graduation together more effectively.