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What Can You Do With An Economics/Finance Degree

DESCRIPTION:
This major is designed to give the student in business administration a broad knowledge of economic and financial tools to provide a foundation for careers in business, economics, finance or law.  Studying economics exposes the student to the different areas of economics.  Taking a variety of finance courses develops familiarity with the institutions within our financial system and an understanding of the problems of financing business activity. Because of the breadth of this major, it allows maximum flexibility and prepares graduates to enter a wide variety of occupations, or attend professional or graduate school in business, economics, finance, government or law.  
      
SKILLS/ABILITIES:
Surveying      
Decision-making
Interviewing      
Screening
Analyzing community needs  
Clarifying problems/situations
Analyzing communication situations  
Recognizing elements, relationships, structures,
Critiquing and organizing principles
Diagnosing      
Tracing problems to their sources
Analyzing manpower requirements  
Reviewing
Organizing/classifying               
Reviewing large amounts of material and
Reviewing/evaluating extracting essence
Systematizing/organizing material  
Perceiving/defining cause and effect relationship
Problem solving  
Anticipating problems 
Trouble-shooting problems                            
Planning 
Program development                
Team building
Goal setting      
Utilizing skills of others
Organizing others  
Policy making
Scheduling      
Maintaining
Planning and carrying out meetings  
Supervising

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Perform ambiguous or abstract tasks  
Conduct research and analyses
Solve problems through thinking  
Collect and organize data
Work independently  
Research trends in economic activity
Formulate general investment strategy  
Process, evaluate and communicate information

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Administrative officer/government service
Administrator, contract and order  
Accountant
Advertising manager     
Actuary
Archivist, economic history
Auditor 
Bank officer 
Budget consultant  
Analyst, credit
Business agent, Labor Union
Buyer
City planning aide       
Claim adjuster/agent/examiner               
Columnist/commentator  
Commodity industry analyst       
Conciliator      
Consumer affairs director
Contract administrator
Corporate counsel        
Director/employment research planning   
Financial aid counselor  
Labor relations
Labor economist
Lobbyist
RepresentativeDirector/institutional research

POSSIBLE EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS:
Advertising departments and firms
Chambers of Commerce 
Political action groups
Banks 
Market research departments and firms
Business corporations 
Civic & taxpayer associations 
Research & development firms
Colleges and universities 
Employment agencies  
Consulting firms   
Financial institutions                             
Consumer organizations 
Industries    
Educational institutions
Magazines, newspapers
Personnel departments
                           
POSSIBLE EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS CONTINUED:
Government Agencies
Consumer Affairs Office 
Housing & Urban Development
Energy Department 
Labor Department
Federal Trade Commission 
Social Security Administration
          
SALARY INFORMATION:       
www.focuscareer.com, www.salary.com, www.salaryexpert.com

According to the Spring 2005 Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, (NACE), the average salary offer for Economics/Finance majors is:  $42,802.
  
CAREER SERVICES RESOURCES:
Careers in Focus: Business, Ferguson Publishing, 2000
Great Jobs for Economics Majors, Blythe Camenson, 2000
Job Opportunities for Business Majors, Petersons, 1998
Opportunities in International Business, Jeffrey S. Arpan, 1991
Careers in Business, Lila B. Stair, 1998
What Can You Do With a Major in Business?, 2005
GCIS and FOCUS computer programs

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
American Economic Association    
2014 Broadway, Suite 305    
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-2595   
615-322-2595                     
www.nabe.com

National Association for Business Economics
1233 20th Street NW #505
Washington, DC 20036
202-463-6223
www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA/index.htm

WEB SITES:
American Agricultural Economics Association: www.aaea.org
Careers in Business: www.careers-in-business.com
Resources for Economists on the Internet: www.rfe.org
Jobs in Economics: www.oswego.edu/~economic/jobsecon.htm            

STUDENT ORGANIZATION:
University Business Society

Link to USC Upstate George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics 

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Phone: 864-503-5393

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