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A Career Guide for the Economics Major


Economics is the study of the production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services. Economic study attempts to clarify how the use of natural, technological, and financial resources affects the life of human beings. Economic concerns can range from the study of how a poor family financially survives to the examination of complex trade laws between countries.

The economics degree program provides a framework for analyzing such issues as inflation, unemployment, monopoly, and economic growth. Students learn how the economic system works to provide goods and services. They study theory, policy, and trends and explore ways to deal with economic problems of society and the individual.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Fiscal trends/world markets
  • Research
  • Investment clubs
  • Reading
  • Gathering/reporting
  • Solving budgetary problems
Aptitudes
  • Logical/analytical thinking
  • Accuracy
  • Analyzing/presenting statistical data
  • Decisiveness
  • Strong written/oral communication
  • Organizing data
  • Computer literacy

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The Economics Department offers a program of study that prepares students for careers in business and government, as well as for graduate study. The Business Economics Program integrates business and economics courses in such a way that the student analyzes business problems with the insight that the economics discipline offers. The General Economics Program is designed to provide a broad liberal arts education with emphasis in social science. The International Economics Program focuses on the international aspects of economics, with the student choosing a region of the world on which to focus his or her studies.

Economics programs lead to a B.B.A. or B.S. degree and require a minimum of 120 credit-hours of which 60 credit-hours must be from a senior institution. Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at the upper division (3000 and 4000) level, and satisfy a foreign language graduation requirement (two semesters of a foreign language at a college level, or equivalent proficiency). The last 30 upper division credits must be taken at Florida Atlantic University. Economics majors must meet the following lower division requirements: Principles of Accounting I (ACG 2021); Principles of Accounting II (ACG 2071); Elements of Data Processing (CGS 2000); Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 2013); Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2023); Introduction to Social Statistics (STA 2023); Methods of Calculus (MAC 2233).


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Economics graduates:

Accountant
Account Executive
Actuary
Auditor
Bank Officer
City Manager
Controller
Credit and Loan Worker
Data Processing Manager
Economist
Educator
Financial Planner
Foreign Service Officer
Insurance Agent
Internal Revenue Agent
Labor Relations Specialist
Labor Relations Director
Market Research Analyst
Human Resource Manager
Sales Manager
Securities Analyst
Sociologist
Statistician
Stockbroker
Systems Analyst
Tax Preparer
Technical Writer
Trust Officer
Underwriter
Urban Planner

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Barry Kaye College of Business
Boca Raton Campus, Flemming West, Room 102 (FW 102)
561-297-3688

Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 444 (LA 444)
954-236-1290

Department of Economics
Boca Raton Campus, Barry Kaye Hall Room 137, (BH 137)
561-297-3220


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Business and Department of Economics.

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