Outlook for Economics Students
Employment of economists is projected to grow about 6% from 2014 to 2024 with businesses and organizations across many industries increasingly relying on economic analysis and quantitative methods to analyze and forecast business, sales, and other economic trends. Demand for economists should grow as a result of the increasing complexity of the global economy, additional financial regulations, and a more competitive business environment. Currently, demand for economics students is mostly in private industry, especially in management, banking, and professional consulting services.
In 2015, the median annual wage for economists in the U.S. was $99,180 with the top 10% earning more than $176,960. The starting salary for undergraduate students in the School of Economics is $60,700 upon graduation.
Internship and Career Opportunities
The School of Economics has a number of resources available to help both undergraduate and graduate students find internships and jobs in a field relevant to the student's interests. For a full listing of resources (including an internship database), please visit the T-Square Group designated for this use. Please note that only students currently enrolled in a SOE degree program will have access to this resource. Other resources that may be helpful include:
- CareerBuzz: Georgia Tech's Job and Internship Posting Service
- Georgia Tech Internship Program
- Employer Information Sessions
- Center for Career Discovery and Development
- Useful Employment Search Links
Students should begin applying for internships the semester prior to the desired internship semester. We encourage students to complete at least one internship while at Georgia Tech, but two or more is best.
Internships may be completed for either pay or academic credit, but not both. Internships can be included on the official transcript as a Professional Internship by registering with the Division of Professional Practice.