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Careers & Internships in Economics

Students staff the Economics table at the 2015 majors fair.

Students staff the Economics table at the 2015 majors fair.

Economics Careers

Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Joshua Austin

Study Abroad Opportunities in Economics

Individualized Career Coaching for Arts & Sciences Students

College of Arts & Sciences students can take advantage of individualized career coaching, with many resources to help them prepare for successful lives. Students with liberal arts degrees are highly sought after because they are educated to think critically and become problem solvers for 21st century issues.

Recipe for Success

From the Chair

  • Start with a pound of philosophy.
  • Add a portion of psychology.
  • Stir in a spoonful of sociology.
  • Mix in a measure of mathematics.
  • Don’t forget a pat of politics.
  • Cook for about 250 years.

When done, you will have a delightful serving of ECONOMICS—the ultimate liberal arts and behavioral science.

Economics looks at how consumers make decisions about buying, selling, working, voting, smoking, drinking, dating, attending classes, breaking laws, going to the doctor and scores of other choices humans make every day. It looks at why firms decide what to sell, how much to pollute, who to hire and how much to pay. It examines why governments tax and spend and what this does for (or to) their citizens. Is it any wonder that Economics has become an increasingly popular major at many of the top schools in the country? Economics is interesting, relevant and (I think) a lot of fun.

Among Top-20 Highest Paying Majors

You might ask: Sure it’s fun, but what can Econ do for me? For one, Economics majors are well paid. Just-released data from the Federal Reserve shows that economics majors get a great return on their college investment—making a median mid-career wage of $90,000. You can also find information on that website about what type of job you can expect and your chances of getting a job.

Why are Econ majors so well paid and able to find employment so readily compared with many other majors? It may be because Economics classes give you a lot of practice at applying problem-solving and logic skills— abilities valued by employers in countless areas.

At Ohio University you will be taught Economics by active researchers who regularly publish articles in academic journals. Your professors are not just nerdy scholars, but also very dedicated instructors who bring their enthusiasm for leading-edge Economics to the classroom.

For information about what is required for an Economics major, about the faculty and other questions you may have about Economics, click through the pages on this website. For other questions, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

William E. Shambora, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Departmental Social Media

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