Study Economics. Do Anything.

What can I do with an Economics major?

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Economics students do go on to do almost anything. Many graduates find careers in finance, banking, consulting, and in other fields like education, sports, entertainment, healthcare, and technology.

Economics' strong foundation also enables graduates to pursue professional studies such as business, law, and public policy.

Some alumni go on to post-graduate work in Ph.D. programs in economics and related fields. Others advance to service opportunities.


Skills you'll learn

As an economics major, students will learn skills that position you for professional success, including:

  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Data-driven problem solving
  • Ability to think like an economist and apply these tools to real-world problems
  • Econometric theory and applications
  • Ability to articulate complex thoughts and theories
  • Effective oral communication
  • Strong writing
  • Team work
  • Ethical judgment and decision-making
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems with people from different backgrounds

Henry Dickman '17

Attorney, Jones Day

“As a lawyer, I have to take a complicated set of facts, separate them out, and analyze them individually to reach the right legal conclusions. That's a skill that I first learned as an economics major at Notre Dame."

  • Henry Dickman '17

    Attorney, Jones Day

    “As a lawyer, I have to take a complicated set of facts, separate them out, and analyze them individually to reach the right legal conclusions. That's a skill that I first learned as an economics major at Notre Dame."

  • Bryan Samuels '89

    Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

    "A big part of undergraduate for me was trying to find a purpose. It was really through the time that I spent at Notre Dame that I found a purpose. The liberal arts education makes you think about the big world, right? Not just the one that you came from, but this larger world and it challenges you to look at it from different perspectives. So it has the power of not only making the world bigger but helping you understand the behavior of others and I think, in the end, gives you a level of empathy and intellectual honesty that you really can't find anywhere else."

  • Giuliana Carozza Cipollone '16

    Judicial Law Clerk, Supreme Court of the United States

    “My economics degree was excellent preparation for the field of law. I learned how to approach complex problems in a principled and rigorous manner, and I developed the ability to reason both inductively and deductively.”

  • Bill Kennedy '90

    Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments

    "I was very interested in learning about international history in global markets and how they work together. With my economics degree, I got all of that. To better appreciate something that's going to grow over three to five years, you really need to use a lot of tools that you learn in Arts & Letters. A lot of those skills in asking questions and asking them the right way come directly from my Arts & Letters background."

  • Lauren (Thompson) Moran '11

    Portfolio Manager & Wealth Advisor, William Blair

    “My experience in the Department of Economics was my first opportunity to take mathematical concepts and begin to understand how they work in the world. These building blocks are the foundation of my approach to my role as an equity investor, in terms of how to think about a company’s opportunity, durability, and value in the context of the stock market."

96% of recent Notre Dame Economics majors found full-time employment, enrolled in graduate school, or entered service programs upon graduation.

80% find full-time jobs

  • Advisory technology consultant, PwC
  • Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • Assistant marketing manager, Wiley
  • Associate consultant, Stax
  • Associate underwriter, James River Insurance Group
  • AR specialist, Nike
  • Basketball analytics assistant, San Antonio Spurs
  • Brand specialist, Amazon
  • Business technology analyst, Deloitte
  • Business sales leadership development program, AT&T
  • Chief of staff, Michigan state representative
  • Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Corporate research resident, Ernst & Young
  • Digital analyst, Accenture
  • Economist, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Equity analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Financial analyst, Under Armour
  • Financial management program, General Electric
  • Global markets analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Global treasury solutions analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Investment consulting analyst, Mercer
  • Management and program analyst, FBI
  • Manager of strategic initiatives, Catholic Charities
  • Marketing associate, Putnam Investments
  • Operations coordinator, National Geographic
  • Operations leadership program, Discover Financial Services
  • Product management analyst, Wells Fargo
  • Project manager, Epic Systems
  • Research fellow, Yale University
  • Revenue management analyst, United Airlines
  • Software developer, Microsoft
  • Technology consultant, Eze Software Group
  • Trader, J.P. Morgan

Alumni leave Notre Dame with an expansive worldview and various real-world skills.

Employers love that our students are passionate, curious, and socially engaged. Once on the job, they find that our economics graduates are critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and collaborators.

They embody Notre Dame’s College of Arts & Letters’ motto: our students study everything so that they can do anything.

12% go to graduate or professional school

  • Accountancy: Villanova University
  • Business Analytics: Columbia University, University of Notre Dame
  • Commerce: University of Virginia
  • Data Science: Columbia University
  • Divinity: Yale University
  • Economics: Brandeis University, London School of Economics, University of Hong Kong, University of Notre Dame
  • Electrical Engineering: University of Illinois
  • Finance: University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania
  • Law: University of Chicago, Columbia University, Harvard Law School, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania
  • Medicine: Indiana University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Creighton University, Mayo Clinic
  • Public Policy: Harvard University
  • Statistics: University of Notre Dame
  • System Dynamics: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Honors Program is an excellent way for students to prepare for graduate research. It can also provide a means of pursuing interests not covered in the traditional curriculum. Economics thesis writers demonstrate their advanced ability to conduct independent studies and the development of skills in research, analysis, and writing.

3% enter service programs

Postgraduate service can be a life-changing experience and provide economics students with transferable skills for the next step in their careers.

Every year, approximately 20 percent of the graduating senior class in Arts & Letters make a one- to two-year commitment to serve in areas such as public and private education, family and children services, after-school programs, developing countries, and non-governmental organizations.

1% join the miliary

4% launch independent projects

Note: Outcomes data comes from First Destination reports, a survey of recent graduates conducted by the Notre Dame Center for Career Development and Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. Status is known for more than 90% of each graduating class.

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