Please visit the Department of Economics for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.
Concentrations: Finance, International Economics, Public Policy
Field of Study: The systematic study of the production, conservation, and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity.
Post-Graduate Occupations of past Economics Majors
- Financial Advisors
- Policy Analysts
- National Association for Business Economics
- American Economic Association
- International Economic Development Council
- American Society of Health Economics
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Association for Social Economics
- National Economists Club
Build Your Resume
Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers. Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:
- Gain relevant experience through internships and externships.
- Network and keep abreast of trends by joining student and/or professional organizations.
- Develop skills in data analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing.
- Consider graduate or professional school. Many private sector economics positions require a specialized advanced degree.
- Maintain a high GPA and secure strong recommendations from professors.
- An economics major is good preparation for many graduate and professional programs in topics such as law, public administration, or management science.
- If interested in banking and finance, serve as treasurer for student organizations.
Skills & Competencies
Skills and competencies potentially gained as an economics major:
Analyzing the consequences of events such as changes in climate, government policy and technology on the market prices of different inputs and outputs, the well-being of individuals, the profits of private businesses, and the activities of nonprofit organizations
Assembling information relevant for solving problems
Assessing the credibility of empirical evidence
Clear and concise writing
Creating charts and graphs to summarize data
Developing a course of action to maximize the achievement of a goal
Developing presentations with appropriate visual aids such as PPT
Developing rigorous arguments
Developing simple models that capture key features of problems to be solved
Facility with data analysis programs such as Excel, Stata, and SAS
Performing simple statistical analyses
Predicting the consequences of alternative courses of action
Recognizing defective arguments
Using simple mathematics to help solve problems