Turn your economics degree into a career

ASU economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various roles in businesses are most common, economics majors are successful in law, medicine, government, nonprofits, and international relations, as well as in academic roles.

Alumni perspectives

Our graduates have taken positions as analysts, brokers, consultants, managers, planners, and statisticians for private sector firms, both large and small, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Job titles include Regulatory Economist, Financial Advisor, Financial Analyst, and Government Affairs Specialist.

Others have gone on to the best law schools in the country or to the top PhD and MBA programs here and abroad. Additionally, many graduates have won prestigious national awards, such as the Marshall Award, the NSF Fellowship, Fulbright fellowships, and the Truman Award.

Career planning resources

All W. P. Carey students receive dedicated career support and guidance through the W. P. Carey Career Services Center. In addition, the Department of Economics has created video resources to help you prepare for research-focused careers and graduate school programs.

Students in the economics program are recruited by a wide range of employers. Dig into our department’s recommended list of career services and resources for current students.


Many students complete internships in the summer or while in school. In some instances, internships are suitable for ECN 484 credit. Credit requires an internship with a substantial economics component, completion of ECN 312 and 313, a 3.0 GPA economics coursework and overall. To see if an internship qualifies for ECN 484 credit, contact the department internship coordinator, Dr. Cara McDaniel, at Cara.McDaniel@asu.edu.

Students interested in pursuing a PhD or research-oriented career may benefit from completing a research assistantship after graduation and before applying for a graduate program. Explore recommended research assistantships and internships.