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Economic Data Links

The purpose of this set of links is to provide a service to all people interested in finding economic data via the internet. The internet provides vast sources of economic data and our goal is to make it easier for people to find these sources. This site would not be as thorough without the research of Bill Goffe, Dept. of Economics and International Business at the University of Southern Mississippi. His guide to Resources for Economists on the Internet is an excellent jumping-off point for those interested in additional sources of economic data or other economics-related material available on the Internet.


Careers in Economics

An education in economics provides the student with the skills necessary to make good decisions in a wide variety of employment situations. There are three areas of employment for economists: academics, private business, and government. The majority of employment opportunities for economists require some graduate degree.

Still, an economics major or minor is helpful for a large number of careers.

  • The Academic Economist

    Approximately one half of all professional economists are employed in academics. Academic economists are involved with teaching and doing research for colleges and universities. In addition to these responsibilities, academic economists supplement their income by writing textbooks and other educational material and by consulting. Consulting opportunities include consulting for private businesses, government, and the legal profession. For more information see

  • The Business Economist

    Undergraduate economics majors are recruited by business firms of all sizes, from small local companies to the largest multinational corporations. An economics degree prepares students to compete with students in marketing, management, and finance, as well as with students with a liberal arts degree in history, political science, and geography. Employers who hire economics majors are interested in highly motivated students who can quickly learn a specific business. For more information see

  • The Government Economist

    Since the New Deal era of Franklin Roosevelt, economists have moved to the forefront of government policy analysis. In recent years, economists have begun to displace political scientists and lawyers in top administrative positions in the government. Recent presidential cabinets have had more economists than any other identifiable profession. This area of employment is growing for economists because they have displayed the tools necessary for the analysis of public policy issues. In the federal government, there are positions for economists in every agency. At the state and some local levels, economists are being asked to weigh in on urban issues such as growth, zoning, and taxation. For more information see

  • Earnings for Economists

    Many students of economics do not acquire a job that includes "Economist" in the title. Still, economics is a useful way of thinking and is thus a valuable major regardless of your official job title. In a 1995 study, the United States Census Bureau studied the average monthly earnings for workers with bachelor’s degrees in various academic disciplines. Here is a sampling of their results:

    Academic Discipline

    Average Monthly Earnings

    Engineering $3,189
    Agriculture/Forestry $3,119
    Economics $2,923
    Mathematics/Statistics $2,716
    Business/Management $2,626
    Police Science/Law Enforcement $2,331
    Nursing/Pharmacy/Technical Health $2,080
    Physical/Earth Sciences $2,045
    English/Journalism $2,032
    Biology $1,990
    Psychology $1,974
    Social Science $1,922
    Liberal Arts/Humanities $1,733
    Education $1,699

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupation Outlook Handbook 2002-2003 edition, non-academic economists’ median annual earnings were $64,830 in 2000, where the middle 50 percent earned between $47,370 and $87,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $114,580.

    In the State of Colorado for 2001, a non-academic economist’s median annual wage is $64,140 ($30.84 an hour), and an academic economist’s median annual wage is $61,620. In the United States for 2001, a non-academic economist’s median annual wage is $67,050 ($32.24 an hour), and an academic economist’s median annual wage is $62,820.

  • Employment for Economists

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects strong employment growth for economists. Over the next ten years employment for non-academic and academic economists should grow by about 21 to 35 percent. The majority of this growth will be for those with a graduate degree.

  • UNC Economics Alumni

    Academics, private business, and government are the general areas in which economists are employed; however, the best indicator of the available employment opportunities may be found by examining the current careers of recent UNC graduates with majors in economics. The following is a list of the various careers of recent UNC graduates with a major in economics:

    • Economist for the Federal Reserve
    • Analyst for the Denver Planning Commission
    • Instructor at Front Range Community College
    • Analyst for a brokerage firm in New Jersey
    • Manager for a Sherwin Williams store
    • Assistant hospital administrator
    • Economic consultant for Sparks and Associates
    • Director of an Aspen Drug Rehab program
    • Economist for the United States Department of Labor
    • Officer in the United States Army

    In addition, several recent UNC graduates from the Economics program are attending graduate school pursuing M.A.s in Economics and M.B.A.s. Still others are attending Law School.

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