What can you do with an Economics Degree?

Economics students continue into a variety of careers and graduate programs, and our Econ Career Center and the University of Illinois Campus provide numerous services and resources to explore and connect students and recent alumni to these opportunities.

Some of the companies that recent Econ graduates joined and their positions titles: 


Company Position Title
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Associate
PNC Financial Advisor
US Bancorp CDO Deal Administrator
US Bancorp Debt Capital Markets Analyst


Company Position Title
Accenture Consulting Analyst
Accenture Management Consulting Analyst
Accenture Project Manager
Aon Consultant
Aon Health and Benefits Specialist
Aon Hewitt Setup Configuration Specialist
Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Consultant
Deloitte Transfer Pricing Consultant
Ernst & Young Advisory Consultant Program
Ernst & Young Tax Compliance Outsourcing Staff
Ernst & Young Consultant
Ernst & Young People Advisory Services Staff
Ernst & Young Transfer Pricing
KPMG Consultant
KPMG Transfer Pricing Associate
Ryan Associate Consultant
True Partners Consulting Tax Consultant

Financial Services

Company Position Title
AIG Claimes- Political Underwriting
BMO Financial Group Commercial Analyst Development Program Trainee
Capital Financial Financial Advisor
Discover Financial Services AWS Cloud Engineer
Jump Trading LLC Risk Data Analyst
KB Financial Rotational Program
Markel Submission Technician
Northern Trust Corporation Business Development
William Blair Data Analyst
Wintrust Financial Corporation Finance Officer


Company Position Title
Allstate Financial Analyst - Expenses & Agency Economics
Allstate Compliance Consultant
Allstate Data Scientist
FDIC Compliance


Company Position Title
bswift Client Analyst
CDW Account Representative
Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, Inc. Performance Data Analyst
Facebook Knowledge Management Associate
Groupon Inventory Manager
Groupon Financial Analyst

Other Industries

Company Position Title
Center Corporation Consulting Analyst
Dish Network Business Operations Analyst
Medline Industries, Inc Vendor Data & Restriction Specialist
Schaumburg Surgery Center, LLC Medical Administrative Assistant
Space X Supply Chain Analytics
Tovala Marketing Associate
Bespoke Commercial Real Estate Tenant Advisor
Triad Real Estate Partners Analyst


Quotes from recent Econ Graduates about their companies:

"I am loving Madison. It’s surrounded by lakes and there’s always something to do downtown...Work at Epic is also going well. I wanted to let you know that Epic will be recruiting at the Employment Expo. It was at the Expo this past spring semester that I first spoke to an Epic employee and started my application process with them." -Valeria, Access Implementation, Epic, Graduated: May '15

"In preparation of KPMG’s upcoming recruiting season, I will be on campus for a few events, including the business career fair, this upcoming week. Hopefully I will see some economic majors who are interested in KPMG!" -Eric, Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG, Graduated: May '14

"I was hired into the HR Outsourcing program and found it to be a really valuable experience. Though I have since left that role and found a role in Marketing, they have positions open... The Economics major (and Econ advising team!) at Illinois was certainly a huge help in getting started with my career and I’d love to help other students." -Eileen, U.S. Marketing, Aon Risk Solutions, Graduated: May '15

"I started working here as an Integration Consultant in July and it has been a great learning experience for me. I was always looking for a job that applied both the business/problem solving skills I acquired from my econ degree along with my passion for computer science -- and I think this position is a perfect fit. It's a relatively new (established in 2004) and young company so the transition from U of I to the real world hasn't been as ruff as I expected it to be. Since the company is new, there is a lot of room to work on different projects with a variety of different departments. We have just opened up a new office in downtown Chicago and we get weekly perks as well!" -Shree, Integration Consultant, Textura, Graduated: May '15

Finding Jobs

There are many ways to find internships and jobs: campus job/internship postings in Handshake, various career fairs, and within different campus career offices.

We encourage students to start building experiences early in their academic career and become familiar with the different resources available so you are a more qualified and prepared candidate.

Visit Career Resources page for available resources, and Career Paths page for possible paths you may consider.

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