The University of Maryland Economics major graduates have been successful in many different fields post-graduation, including consulting, law, government, nonprofits, business, banking, finance, research, and more. Using information from the University of Maryland graduation survey, we have compiled details about ECON majors, such as their post-graduation adventures.
Use this information as a place to start exploring your career interests. Review additional resources below and on the Feller Center's website.
View a separate job title list for students who graduated with a B.S. vs. B.A. in Economics.
Explore Career Paths
Start Exploring Career Titles/Work Areas
Use the sample job and internship titles (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, a career title dictionary
- O*NET Online, the nation's primary source of occupational information
- FOCUS2, explore career paths using self-assessment questionnaires
- Terrapins Connect, talk with professionals working in the field through UMD’s alumni network
- Federal positions by major, research career titles with the federal government related to your major
- Vault Guides, browse 100’s of industry guides to gain inside tips
Resources: Career Planning
- Economics Careers, list salary overview and organizations to target
- Economics for College Students, AEA provides opportunities and career path information
- Market Research Analysts (Occupational Outlook Handbook), includes what they do, salary information, and links to additional information
Explore career options by reviewing current openings.
- Business Economics openings, provided by the National Association for Business Economics
- Jobs in Economics, Finance & Trade, U.S. State Department provides a long list of job listing and career path exploration list
- Economic Development Organizations near D.C., to identify organizations of interest
- DevNetJobs.org, lists international development jobs and consulting opportunities
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, job opportunities
Federal government and state government options.
Vault has researched and analyzed information from government and industry sources, etc. to produce this career planning resource.
Skills Developed: ECON Major
Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?
- Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
- Skills inventory - get started identifying your unique assets.
Sample list of skills developed in class by Economics majors.
- Model economic behavior
- Describe and analyze relationships between economic variables
- Interpret and apply descriptive and inferential statistics
- Analyze the effect of government policies on the economy
- Use both conceptual and quantitative tools
At the undergraduate level, students can learn about the methods of analysis that economists use and about the various fields of inquiry where economists have been most productive. Principles courses introduce students to both the methodology and the fields and thus provide a foundation for both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science curriculums.
Add to your skills with LinkedIn Learning's skill based videos.
Internships are a great way to try out an interest, regardless if they are directly related to your major. Employers tend to favor job seekers who have had an internship in the field they are hiring for.
Sample internship sites/titles
- A Wider Circle, Research Intern
- Albright LLC, Intern
- Applied Energy Group, Summer Analyst
- Baker Tilly, Consulting Intern
- Bank of America, Intern
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Student Trainee
- Business Civic Leadership Center, Research Analyst
- Callaway Capital Management
- CentraState Medical Center, Human Resources Intern
- Crystal City Business Improvement District
- Everyday is a Miracle, Bookkeeper
- Farmers Insurance, Intern Trainee
- Federal Reserve Board of Governors
- Food and Drug Administration Economics Staff
- Gates Capital Corporation, Finance Intern
- Google, Intern
- Greenberg Advisors
- Henkel Malaysia, Finance Intern
- Inforum, University of Maryland, Research Assistant
- Innovations for Poverty Action, Intern
- Intelligent Decisions, Financial Contractor Intern
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., IT Intern
- Library of Congress, Intern
- Morgan Stanley, Intern
- National Defense University
- Office of the Public Defender, Intern
- Office of Undergraduate Admissions, PR Intern
- PNC, Financial Services Intern
- Press Ganey, Data Analytics Intern
- Quantum Financial Advisors
- QuotePie, LLC, Business Development Intern
- Rosin & Associates, Financial Analyst Intern
- Seventy2 Capital
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Programming Intern
- Taylor & Francis Group, Production Intern
- TD International
- Tetra Tech, Inc., Business Development Intern
- UNESCO Center for Peace, Program Development
- U.S. Census Bureau, Intern
- U.S. Census Bureau, Economics Surveys Reimbursables Division
- U.S. Department of Agriculture /ARS, Intern
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Budget Analyst Intern
- U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Budget
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Actuary Student Trainee
- ValStone Partners, Summer Analyst
- V-Empower, Inc. Business Analyst
Sample list of opportunities
- BSOS Engagement Opportunities - browse links on out of the classroom experiences
- Careers4Terps - check out job and internship openings for off-campus positions for UMD students
- UMD Department of Economics Blog - list opportunities posted by alumni and employers targeted ECON majors
- UMD National Scholarships Office - review a listing of opportunities for UMD
- Federal government internships - links to openings and application tips
- Start your search with these tips
- UMD Undergraduate Legal Aid Office
- Maryland Public Defender’s Office
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- D.C. Courts
- United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia
- Internships with the Senate
Sites UMD students have interned at recently:
- Activist Non-Profits of every stripe, e.g.
- Brady Commission
- Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus
- Department of Justice
- Human Rights Watch
- Kids in Need of Defense
- Consider approaching lobbying Firms
- Maryland General Assembly (usually comes with a stipend)
- Pacific Legal Foundation
- US Congress
Tip: Reach out to small law firms. They are more willing to hire undergraduates as interns, although these internships often go to undergraduates with an existing connection to the firm, so networking is crucial.
Some career paths require an advanced degree. Start researching your career path of interest to identify the educational requirements. The resources below offer a brief overview of the more popular graduate degree programs our Economics majors have been confirmed admittance.
- Boston College, Accounting
- Columbia University, Law
- Cornell University, Applied Economics and Management
- George Washington University, Law
- Georgetown University, Public Relations and Communication & Law
- Hofstra University, Accounting
- Iowa State University, Agriculture and Resource Economics
- Johns Hopkins University, Finance
- London Business School, Management
- National University of Singapore, Economics
- Rice University, Economics
- Rutgers University, Public Policy & Mathematical Finance
- University of Maryland, Baltimore, Law
- Washington University in St. Louis, Law
University of Maryland, College Park
- Applied Economics
- Real Estate Development
- Public Policy
- Supply Chain Management
- Marketing Analytics
Graduate School Resources:
- Questions to consider before applying
- Application timeline, stay on track with your graduate school application
- Tips for completing the application
- Tips from the ECON department
- Graduate School listing, LASC
- UMD Pre-Law Advising, contact for guidance on law related graduate school options and course suggestions
KEN HARRY '19 (ECON), Johnson & Johnson, Logistics Strategy Intern & Global Distribution Operations Co-Op
ADVICE: "I would advise every student to learn excel before entering any corporate America internship or co-op. Pivot tables, formulas, and data work would apply."
After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.
- Career Events for BSOS students
- University Career Center Event Calendar
- Terrapins Connect, is an online platform that allows students’ virtual access to UMD alumni who have volunteered to share industry specific information and as well as conduct resume reviews, among other things.
- Use LinkedIn to Locate Alumni & Recruiters
- Intern for a Day Lite, matches students with professionals working in a field of interest to shadow for the day or offer informational interviews. Offered in the fall and spring.
- National Association for Business Economics, NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and others who use economics in the workplace. Since 1959, NABE has attracted the most prominent figures in economics, business, and academia to its membership with highly-regarded conferences, educational and career development offerings, industry surveys, and its unrivaled networking opportunities.
- American Economic Association, maintains a long and growing list of online resources that will be useful to everyone in the economics profession.
- Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), attend events to learn about international affairs careers and research graduate programs.