Student Success Stories
Across all fields, employers are looking for three key skills, the ability to reason, the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and the ability to calculate. Economics provides the reasoning, writing, and calculating skills that employers seek. These skills explain why economics majors score higher on law school admissions tests than other majors and why economics majors receive among the highest starting salaries. While the most common entry level positions are in the area of management, marketing, finance, and analysis, economics baccalaureates can also be found in government, international agencies, teaching positions, non-profit agencies, and political consulting.
What Our Alumni Say...
" The economics program at San Jose State teaches students to think outside the box,
more so than a traditional business degree. The major has given me the flexibility
necessary to move to my current position as Senior Director for a major Fortune 500
corporation. If actions speak louder than words, then you should know that I've gone
back for more and expect to complete my Masters in Economics in Fall 1995. "
" Economics plays a crucial role in understanding today's world. Without the wider
context of an economic system and a global economy, a business cannot make optimal
decisions regarding its short-run and long-run options. It is for this reason that
I chose a major in economics at San Jose State and I have not regretted my decision
for a moment. It has helped me immensely in my employment as a benefits for the world's
largest human resources consulting firm. "
" Most of what you need to know on the job you learn on the job. Employers know this
and are subsequently looking for graduates who know how to think. I chose Economics
at San Jose State because it teaches you how to think. We analyze everything from
inflation to sex."
" Economics is a versatile field of study. With 30 units of open electives, the major
allows you to combine economic tools with another discipline. I am currently working
in an environmental field. The key to getting hired was my background in economics.
" Interesting and rewarding classes, along with a helpful, friendly and efficient
department have combined to make my studies more enjoyable than I ever imagined."