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Careers

Economics graduates pursue varied careers in business, law, banking and finance, government service, education, and private consulting.

While no course of study guarantees an interesting and lucrative job after graduation, a degree in economics more than holds its own with the alternatives. A recent study shows, for example, that the median earnings of both men and women who hold bachelor's degrees in economics are higher than the earnings of those who hold bachelor's degrees in business or other social sciences.

Although a bachelor's degree in economics, unlike a degree in accounting or engineering, does not prepare one for any particular job or career path, it does open up a broad range of employment and career possibilities.

Recent surveys by the Economics Department of its alumni and alumnae illustrate some of these possibilities. The survey asked Economics alumni about their first job after graduation, about how many times they had changed jobs and careers, and what they are doing now. The following pages summarize some of the results of the survey.

We conducted a survey in the spring of 2015 and 2016 of our alumni. Below is a partial list of employers where our alumni are currently working

Allergan

 

Allstate

 

Alum Rock School District

 

Apple

 

Bridge Bank

 

Calif Foundation on the Environment and the Economy

 

Child Action, Inc.

 

Cisco

 

Comerica Bank

 

Dell

 

Federal Reserve Bank of SF

 

Federal Reserve Board

 

Franklin Templeton Investments

 

Hewlett Packard

 

Johnson & Johnson

 

Levi Strauss & Co

 

Morgan Stanley

 

National University

 

NVIDIA

 

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

 

Santa Clara University

 

SolarCity

 

Space Systems/Loral

 

Tesla Motors

 

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

 

Verizon

 

Wells Fargo

 

 

Below is a partial list of current job titles (data obtained from Economics alumni responding to the surveys)

Accounting Manager

 

Advisor Relations Consultant

 

Attorney

 

Business Analyst

 

Compensation Specialist

 

Credit Underwriter

 

Financial Analyst

 

Human Resources Analyst

 

Intranet Developer

 

Managing Director & Chief Economist

 

Product Development Assistant

 

Research Associate

 

School Teacher

 

Senior Manager, Market Research

 

Senior Tax Manager