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What is Economics? Related Careers
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What is Economics?

According to Google, economics is "the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. The condition of a region or group as regards material prosperity."

From the OSU Department of Economics, "Does it pay to go to college? What determines the interest rates on student loans? What causes bank failures? Does free trade between the U.S. and China benefit Americans? Why is the price of gas so high? Is current U.S. immigration policy good for the economy?

If you have ever thought about any of these questions, you have thought about questions economists study and try to answer. Economists use mathematical and statistical models to study how individuals, organizations and societies make choices about how to use limited resources to meet various needs and desires. The goal is to attain higher living standards and improve social welfare."

Economics - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

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Chamber of Commerce Analyst Hospitality Manager Public Utilities Manager
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Reading Comprehension Active Listening
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Oral & Written Communication Computer Literacy
Active Learning Abiltiy to Prepare & Write Reports

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Career Planning Links

Economics for College Students

What Can I do With an Economics Degree?

What Can I do with a Major in Economics? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Economic Journals

Occupational Outlook Handbook  -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Professional Association Links

National Association for Business Economics The National Association for Business Economics requests proposals from qualified, interested parties (course developers) who can design, develop, and deliver comprehensive training programs for business economists.

The American Economic Association


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American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association

Economic History Association

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Association for Evolutionary Economics


National Association for Business Economics

Asian American Economic Development Enterprises

Miscellaneous Links

About Economics

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