Careers in Economics

Graduates in economics find professional career opportunities in a wide variety of areas. For the graduating class of 2013, 92 percent of Williams College of Business Economics graduates were either employed or enrolled in a full-time graduate program within 90 days of graduation. Average starting salary for 2013 Xavier University economics graduates was approximately $51,000.

Xavier graduates in economics have found employment in both the public and private sectors, including federal government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates also work in Washington, D.C.-based think tanks, consulting firms, banking and financial industry firms and lobbying organizations. Recent positions also include:

  • Treasury management, Marshall Ilsley Bank
  • Assistant trader, Cornerstone Hedge Fund
  • Management trainee, Cintas First Aid and Safety
  • 401K analyst, Fidelity Investments
  • Trainee, U.S. Bank Corp. Survey
  • Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Customer Information Manager, SC Johnson
  • Associate Product Analyst, Liberty Mutual
  • Search Advertising Specialist, Reynolds & Reynolds
  • Underwriting Analyst, The Business Backer
  • Research Associate, Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corp.
  • Purchasing Buyer, Toyota
  • Stores Executive Team Leader, Targer
  • Cost Analyst, Kroger
  • Analyist, Nielsen
  • Underwriter, ACE Group

A large percentage of Xavier economics graduates go on to graduate programs in economics, law, public policy and business (MBA) at the following institutions:

  • Boston College
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown School of Law
  • Harvard School of Law
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State
  • Ohio State
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Chicago School of Law
  • University of Cincinnati School of Law
  • University of Kentucky School of Law
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • University of Buffalo Law School
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro

For more information about possible careers and salaries of economics majors, see the American Economic Association website.