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What can you do with a degree in economics?

Submitted by Erin Booker on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 5:57pm

A lot of things. Whether you choose to enter the workforce right after your undergraduate degree or go on to do postgraduate study in economics, finance, business, or law, an economics degree opens a lot of doors.

What are our alumni up to?

In September 2017, we reached out to our alumni to ask what they were up to — here’s a snapshot of what they told us.*

Within a year of graduation, 92% were employed, and the average salary one year out was $56,000

This aligns with Stats Canada data from 2016, which showed that economics degrees yield the strongest average salaries of all of the social sciences, with average annual salaries ranging from $78,000 (for women) to $105,000 (for men).

So, what are our graduates up to? Here's what we found out:

The companies they work for     

and the jobs on their business cards

Agrium Inc.     
Altus Group     
ATCO Electricity     
Axiom Foreign Exchange     
Brion Energy     
Canadian Western Bank     
Cenovus Energy Inc.     
City of Calgary     
Enbridge Pipelines Inc.     
General Electric     
Global Affairs Canada     
Golder Associates     
Government of Alberta      
HSBC Bank     
Morneau Shepell     
Palantir Economic Solutions     
Precision Drilling     
Royal Bank of Canada     
Shell Canada     
TD Canada Trust     
TransCanada Corporation     
WestJet Airlines     
Accounting analyst
Actuarial analyst
Banking specialist
Business development analyst
Commodity program analyst
Data analyst
Data manager
Economic analyst
Energy market analyst
Financial advisor
Foreign exchange analyst
Investment banking analyst
Investor relations associate
Personal insurance advisor
Portfolio administrator
Project controls analyst
Property tax analyst
Real estate analyst
Regulatory analyst
Research analyst
Revenue and pricing analyst
Risk management analyst
Supply chain/procurement coordinator

*Employment data from University of Calgary Economics Class of 2017 alumni.
Information was collected primarily via a self-reported survey in September 2017.

What do economists do?

A day in the life

Economists ask, investigate, and answer important and interesting questions using the economist's toolkit.

What does this look like? At the heart of their job, they:

    • Use economic theory to determine effects.
    • Collect, analyze and interpret data.
    • Test and advise on government policies and corporate strategy.
    • Evaluate past and present issues and forecast future trends.
    • Communicate their discoveries to many different stakeholders and decision makers, including senior management, government, the public, and the press.

Industries and fields

Versatile and creative, economists work in many different fields, like:

    • Public finance
    • Regulation, competition policy, and strategy
    • International trade and development
    • Environmental economics
    • Health economics
    • Resource and energy economics
    • Behavioural and experimental economics
    • Managerial economics
    • Monetary and fiscal policy

Where might honours take you?

Our honours alumni are valued and recruited by the best graduate programs in Canada.

They study at institutions like UBC, Toronto, Queen’s, and Western University, and funding can be extensive, with some receiving funding packages of up to $35,000/year. After graduation, master's degree salaries average between $93,000 and $127,000.

Our honours graduates have also gone on to study at the London School of Economics, leading to careers at

    • KPMG-UK in London (Competition Policy)
    • Oxera in Berlin (Competition Policy)
    • London Economics in London (Space Infrastructure)

as well as Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, which has lead to careers at Compass Lexicon in Brussels (Competition Policy).

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