If you plan to pursue a career in economics, you likely enjoy learning about the study of production and distribution of goods and services, knowing how human activities affects the environment as it relates to economics, and public policy and risk in economics. Economists also study domestic and international markets. A career in economics requires a bachelor's degree to prepare you to enter the field.
Economists are skilled in qualitative and quantitative analysis. They study supply and demand of goods, services and resources, make predictions and give advice after collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Economists solve problems and help businesses and organizations make informed decisions. Many economists work in local, state or federal government positions, while others choose to work for consulting firms and other private sector positions.
When pursuing a bachelor degree in economics, you will take classes that give you the well-rounded knowledge and skills that economists utilize on a daily basis. Courses will include micro and macroeconomic theories, statistics, designing surveys and preparing presentations, mathematics courses, financial systems, financial law, writing in economics, econometrics and other economics-related courses. Narrowing the focus of your bachelor degree program, you will take elective courses geared towards the area you wish to work in after obtaining your degree. This can include classes related to working in financial markets, labor economics, taxation, international trade or political economics. Other focus areas can include training to become an environmental economist, budget analyst, loan officer or personal financial advisor.
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