Concordia’s Department of Economics provides a challenging and rewarding environment for teaching and research. As a student, you study the ups and downs of economic activity, interest rate volatility, budget deficits and surpluses, and the problems of continued economic growth which are all at the forefront of public debate. As an economist, you harness the power of statistics and mathematics to provide analysis and tackle economic problems such as interest and tax rates, budget deficits, and sustainable growth and you will be in a position to grapple with challenges that stand to have real-world stakes and impact.
As a student in Economics, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Knowledge of the two branches of economics: micro and macro
Numeracy and computer skills
Collect, process and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data
Forecast trends, predict economic downfalls and develop policies
Understand, interpret and apply economic models to solve economic problems in different settings such as labour, product and capital markets
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding accordingly
Read critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts, theories and ideas to others effectively
Write reports and essays
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Observe and interpret data
Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to generate and informed judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Banks and Financial Institutions
Government (Municipal, Provincial, Federal)
Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
Manufacturing and Retail
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.
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Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.