Do you ever walk into a grocery store, pick up an item and wonder what the story behind it is? Do you ask yourself questions like, what was the process like to make this, how much did it cost and is it priced differently elsewhere? If you’re interested in supply and demand, production, and the cost of items in a store, then earning a degree in economics might be the right choice for you.

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UTSA’s Economics Program

Economics studies how people, firms and governments use their resources to meet human needs. UTSA offers two different Economics degrees, you can earn either the B.B.A. or the B.A. Both lay a strong foundation in economics with the B.A. focusing more on the qualitative aspects and the B.B.A. offering a business education to those who are interested in working toward a career path. In these programs, you’ll learn how to make effective resource allocation decisions, how incentives affect human behavior, and solve complex contemporary issues for businesses, organizations and policymakers.

What You’ll Learn

As an Economics major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Economics majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management.

Careers in Economics

Top job titles for Economics graduates include:

• Financial Analyst
• Accountant
• Management Analyst
• Financial Manager
• Data Analyst/Scientist
• Treasurer
• Business Intelligence Analyst

Economics and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in Texas, with more than 10,000 job opportunities in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Massachusetts, New York and California. More than 12 million Economics-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Economics Graduates

Economics is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Economics-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Depository Credit Intermediation
• Financial Investments
• Bookkeeper/Accounting Clerk
• Insurance
• Consulting Services

Salaries for Economics Graduates

The salary range for open economics-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $45,006
median $71,862
top 10% $111,622

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Economics Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Economics graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Economics may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner

Student Life

UTSA offers two different Economics degrees, you can earn either the B.B.A. or the B.A. Both lay a strong foundation in economics with the B.A. focusing more on the qualitative aspects and the B.B.A. offering a business education to those who are interested in working toward a career path. In these programs, you’ll learn how to make effective resource allocation decisions, how incentives affect human behavior, and solve complex contemporary issues for businesses, organizations and policymakers. As an Economics major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Economics majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management.


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