Why Major in Economics?

Why Major in Economics at SHSU

If you are wondering what Economists do and the type of careers in Economics then watch this short video by the American Economic Association.

You Get More than a Degree with an Economics Major

Understand How the World Works

Students who study economics develop a new way of thinking, observing and understanding everyday choices. Economic decisions made today, and yesterday, can have large and lasting impacts on our nation and determine the state of our physical infrastructure.

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Earning Potential

Economics majors earn 11% more ($43.15 an hour) than other business majors, including finance, accounting, marketing and general business. Get a 17% raise with an advanced degree.[Figure 1]

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Diverse Career Opportunities

Economists can choose from a wide range of employers from government agencies to non-profit organizations to consulting firms and universities. Professional economists work in three basic areas: academics, business, and government.[Figure 2]

  • Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Journalist
  • Investment Banker
  • Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Professor
  • Trade researcher
  • Business management
  • Department of Commerce
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Department of Labor
  • Treasury Department
  • Department of Agriculture

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