Career Options after Economics

What is Economics?

Economics is a discipline that is part of Management. Economics examines the market forces of supply and demand; its theories seek to predict and explain the behaviour and interaction of all agents involved in a market system. Economics includes the study of how users and consumers interact, under what circumstances they may fail to function in an optimal fashion and factors that determine/affect economic growth. 

Skills of Economics Grads

  • Data collection and analysis tools required for high-level economic analysis
  • Interpersonal skills driven by knowledge of economic theory
  • Decision-making mechanisms and implementation procedures to promote organizational effectiveness
  • Research and analytical skills for effective assessment of policies and systems
  • Effectively collect, analyze, and integrate multiple forms of information
  • Structured thinking and sound/logical judgment to influence change
  • Communication skills (oral and written) for professional presentations and reports
  • Identify priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Investigate, identify, and deliver strategic/tactical results

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Coordinator, Student Development
  • Research Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Assurance / Tax / Audit Associate
  • Profit and Loss Analyst
  • Consulting / Business Analyst
  • Operations Assistant
  • Project Assistant / Coordinator
  • Portfolio Administrator
  • Planning & Analysis Coordinator
  • Relationship Manager
  • Corporate Development Associate

The Career Directory

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Economics - Master & PhD
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Master of Strategic Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC)

Examples of Fields that "Fit" the Skills of Economics Grads

  • Finance and Insurance
  • Public Administration
  • Educational Services
  • Arts, Entertainment, and recreation
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Research and Education
  • Informations and Cultural Industries
  • Management of Companies
  • Utilities

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Plan

1. Do your research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay, and related career paths:
Career Cruising: Log into CLN, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
O*Net (U.S. site)
Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality, and interests.
Use the advice on our tipsheets for gathering info:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working on campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options and Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

  • Extern Job Shadowing
  • In the Field
  • Explore It! (course-based)
  • Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
  • iLead, uLead, weLead (Dep’t of Student Life)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • Career & Volunteer Fairs
  • Departmental Student Association Events

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via SCSU. Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and CharityVillage. As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired Conference and participate in Jobs for Grads. As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like CareerEdge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore Student Clubs and Professional Associations and get involved: volunteer for their events and conferences, and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Please note: This document is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the departmental website.