Your degree in Economics

While studying Economics, you’ll analyze economic phenomena such as individual choices, market outcomes, and the role of institutional environments and government policies. You’ll develop important skills as you explore these phenomena through studying various economic models and performing data analysis at the Vancouver School of Economics.

These skills may include:

  • Application of a deep understanding of policies, markets, and development to examine the social, cross-cultural and ethical dimensions of economic decision-making
  • Research, data collection, maintenance of accurate records, analysis, and effective presentation of findings
  • Cost/benefit analyses and ability to evaluate policies with a focus on promoting systems or organizational effectiveness
  • Clear and concise written communication that draws on economic principles and critical thinking
  • Financial report or statement writing and evaluation
  • Explanation and forecasting of economic trends
  • Examination of economic data and make evidence-based policy recommendations
  • Problem solving and analysis using mathematical models and statistical techniques

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including finance, insurance, business, public policy and administration, statistics, mathematics, law, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Accountant

Budget supervisor

Business development officer

Compensation and benefits coordinator

Computer programmer

Demographer

Economic analyst

Economic development officer

Financial auditor

Financial controller

Financial institutions examiner

Financial officer

Financial reporter

Government official

Health economist

Human resources specialist

Information systems manager

Insurance sales agent

Inventory analyst

Investment analyst

Labour policy analyst

Labour relations officer

Lobbyist

Money market analyst

Mortgage officer

Pension plans administrator

Pollster

Purchasing agent

Real estate development

Social policy advisor

Sports analyst

Statistician

Taxation manager

Tax policy research manager

Trust officer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Economics clubs at UBC 
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.

Model United Nations Student Association at UBC
Collaborate with other students to propose resolutions to global issues through United Nations-style simulations.

Departmental events
Network with Economics students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Experimental Laboratory at the Vancouver School of Economics
Participate in economics research to help explore answers to social science questions.

Economics co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Arts Co-op Program
Gain paid work experience in your area of study as part of your degree program

The Governor’s Challenge
Develop your monetary policy decision-making skills in this student competition hosted by the Bank of Canada.

National Investment Banking Competition and Conference
Form a team and register in the summer to develop your investment banking skills and get noticed by industry recruiters.

Fraser Institute - Student Essay Contest
Share your ideas on public policy and the role of markets in this student competition.

Progressive Economic Forum - Student Essay Contest
Submit an essay related to political economy, economic theory or economic policy issues for a chance to win.

The Washington Center internships
Explore internship and training opportunities in a variety of areas including business and global trade.

Strategy Consulting Mentorship Program
Make new connections and prepare for interviews with consulting firms.

Strategy Consulting Initiative
Gain consulting experience by collaborating with the Vancouver business community.

180 Degrees Consulting at UBC
Volunteer to provide consulting services for local non-profit organizations and social enterprises.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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