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These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Economics examines how economic activity (production, consumption, and trade of goods and services) is organized, how individuals and societies structure economic activity, and the relative effectiveness of different institutions in managing scarcity.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analysis of business environment- Understanding of economic principles such as consumption, production, exchange, market and firm equilibrium, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, business cycles and the internal economy              

Analytical thinking and manipulating numerical data- Compile, analyze and interpret results for economic data; Apply statistical methods and analysis; Creative problem solving

Critical/logistical thinking- Effectively review and evaluate goals and policies; Perform cost/benefit analyses; create and evaluate financial reports/statements

Communication- Presenting ideas and data clearly and effectively; writing articulately and analytically; Technical report writing

Organizational- Planning and budgeting; the ability to implement projects and organize people and ideas; Conceptualize and implement projects ; Manipulate numerical data; maintain accurate records; Time and resource management,  ability to meet deadlines

Policy evaluation- Explain and understand contemporary problems of unemployment, inflation, economic growth, business cycles and the international economy

Problem solving skills; approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions; decision making skills

Research skills- data collection; process and synthesize vast amounts of data and apply where relevant; application of information for policy development; forecast trends

Understanding of economic theory and econometrics- Strong mathematical background; Global perspective of economic issues; Developing models for representing and projected economic and related activities; Describe principles of consumption, production, exchange, market and firm equilibrium under different competitive conditions

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Actuary
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Agrologist
  • Assessor
  • Auditor
  • Broker
  • Business Forecaster
  • Claims Examiner
  • Commodities Broker
  • Cost Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Demographer
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Economic Forecaster
  • Economical Analyst/Advisor
  • Economist
  • Economist Legislative Assistant
  • Efficiency Expert
  • Exchange Agent
  • Farm Management Specialist
  • Financial Advisor/Analyst
  • Financial Economist
  • Financial Planner
  • Foreign Services
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Home Economist
  • Industrial Development Officer
  • Industrial Economist
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Internal Auditor
  • International Trade Economist
  • Labour Economist
  • Loan Officer
  • Market Research
  • Natural Resources Economist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Economist
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Research Economist
  • Securities Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Tax Auditor
  • Tax Economist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Writer
  • Trade Economist
  • Trade Policy Analyst
  • Trust Administrator

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural Companies
  • Analysis and Forecasting Firms
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Credit & Loans
  • Customs
  • Economic Research Institutions
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Financial Information Firms
  • Government
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • International Trade
  • Investments
  • Labour Unions
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marker Research
  • Oil & Gas industry
  • Policy Research and Development
  • Post-Secondary
  • Real Estate
  • Research
  • Risk Management
  • Statistical Research
  • Stock Exchanges
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation Companies
  • Trust Companies
  • Utility Companies

Additional Resources


Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Student Clubs: 

Society of Undergraduates in Economics (SUE)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020