Economics majors progress into a wide range of professions and graduate programs after graduation. This page describes outcomes for majors who pursue employment immediately after graduation.
- If you want to learn about graduate school options, follow the "Graduate School Outcomes" link, to the left.
- If you'd like advice on how to prepare for admission to a Ph.D. program in Economics or Finance, follow the link to the left.
- Washington University offers a 5-year Master's degree in Economics. Further information is available via the link to the left, and students are strongly advised to consult with the Academic Coordinator if interested in this option.
Students who want to pursue a business career after graduation are encouraged to take courses from the Olin Business School in accounting, and perhaps in the other functional areas of business such as finance, marketing or supply chain management. Completing at least one computer science class (e.g., CSE 131) is also recommended.
The Career Center can help you match your interests, skills, and values with career opportunities, connect you to employers and Washington University alumni for information about various careers, and assist you in developing an internship- and job-search strategy. By registering with the Career Center's online database, CAREERLink, you will have access to their full-time job listings and internships. Click here to go to the Career Center website. The Career Center collects information on majors' outcomes. Click here to see the summarization of internships and careers chosen by Economics majors between 2012-2015.
The following information is drawn from the results of the survey of majors (and minors) graduating in the 2015-16 academic year. 110 majors graduated in the most recent academic year, and 91 responded to the senior survey. While many students had not formalized their plans (as of April 2016), the majority of students had either decided on a job or on additional schooling, as summarized below. (Over half of those reporting "plans uncertain" or "looking for a job" also reported that they expected to have the process finalized by summer.) Job titles are reported to the right of the pie chart. The median reported salary was between $60,000 and $70,000 per year.
The set of firms employing our majors is diverse and summarized by the list, below.
Current and prior years' senior survey results are summarized in presentations delivered during freshman orientation (August) and "Major-Minor Welcome Week" (February). You can see these presentations by clicking here.