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Published: 07 February 2022

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.

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, which is why 93 per cent of graduates are in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Careers with an economics degree

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Stockbroker.

 

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.

"I completed a 50-week placement at Goldman Sachs in the private wealth management division. It was a great opportunity to get some longer-term experience in a professional environment before leaving university."

– Henry Lea, BSc Business 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.

"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement. Aside from the technical skills you gain in your chosen field, you get the opportunity to hone your soft skills. You learn things about being in a working environment that just cannot be taught."

– Dominic Spanos, BSc Economics

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

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