Careers in Economics

Graduates in economics find professional career opportunities in a wide variety of areas. For the graduating class of 2008, 95 percent of Williams College of Business (WCB) graduates and 83 percent of economics graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in a graduate program within 90 days of graduation. Average starting salary for 2008 economics graduates: $48,000.

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

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

  • 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