Published: 18 February 2020

Top jobs with an economics degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in economics and discover some of the jobs Surrey economics graduates have secured over the past few years.

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Economic decisions are at the heart of every society, shaping the future of individuals, organisations, regions and nations. This hints at the variety of careers available to economists and the range of skills you can expect to develop by studying one of our programmes.

Graduates from our programmes are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The ‘problem-­solving’ nature of the subject, the topical and applied focus of our programmes and the experience gained on your Professional Training placement greatly appeal to employers.

Careers with an economics degree

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Stock broker.


However, a degree in economics will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These includes:

  • Business development manager
  • Civil Service fast streamer
  • Data scientist
  • Local government officer
  • Management consultant
  • Policy officer
  • Quantity surveyor.

"Since I was sixteen I have wanted to study economics. The appeal of a subject that seeks to explain the behaviour of the world around us was inescapable. The ‘invisible hand’ of economics is all pervasive and opens doors to a host of opportunities when entering employment." 

– Dominic Spanos, BSc Economics

Economics graduate jobs

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an economics profession. In recent years, our graduates have secured roles including:

  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Analyst, Bank of England
  • Financial Crime Associate, Deloitte
  • Assistant Economist, Home Office
  • Data Analyst, Nexmo
  • Technical Business Analyst, Acturis Ltd
  • Telecom Analyst, Efftel.

"Economics is important to me because it is integral to the day to day operations of a country, from large scale government policies to individual decision making. It can be used as a tool for change both domestically and internationally."

– Thomas Speed, BSc Economics

Discover more about our economics degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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