Applied Economics

About the Major

An Applied Economics major prepares you for a wide variety of careers in public policy and business analysis including finance, trade, environmental management and more. The curriculum provides a strong background in economic theory and empirical methods. Students select an emphasis area related to their career goals. Read more about the major.
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Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Assistant Policy Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Commodity Merchandiser
  • Financial Advisor
  • Human Resources Specialist 
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Revenue Tax Specialist 
  • Sales Representative
  • Supply Chain Manager 

Types of Employers

  • Agricultural business organizations 
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Government agencies 
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Research centers and universities
  • Retail food companies 

Past Experience and Internship Database

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: is updated through Fall 2020 semester only and will be updated semesterly.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

    Additional Resources

    In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

    • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
    • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: economics, applied, business, analyst, financial, adviser, policy, supply chain
    • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
    • Study Abroad Information for Applied Economics