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 alums 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.