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Some economics majors use their skills on a daily basis at work, while others have jobs where their economic knowledge is called upon less often. But regardless of whether you have a job “doing economics,” the critical thinking skills you gain as an economics major are valuable to employers and transferable to many professional settings.

Economics majors enjoy a substantial “earnings premium” relative to non-economics majors, as these data indicate:

Percentage earnings premium of economics majors (by highest degree completed)

Highest DegreeMenWomen
Professional degree
(MBA or J.D.)5.6%20.8%
Masters in Econ31.6%24.5%
Ph.D. in Econ18.9%29.5%

Source: Thomas Carroll, Djeto Assane, and Jared Busker, “Why it Pays to Major in Economics,” Journal of Economics Education, 45:3, (2014), pp. 251-261, Table 3.


Successful Alumni

From investment banking to academics, a TCU economics degree prepares you for a variety of industries. Check out a shortlist of how TCU grads are forging successful careers.


Career Services

At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works exclusively with AddRan students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer your major.

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Terrence Hood
Career Consultant to AddRan College of Liberal Arts

For more information about job opportunities, please visit the Center for Career & Professional Development.

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