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The influence of Tippie economics grads is everywhere.

Where’s the best place to build a factory? Which tech startup offers the best investment opportunity? What’s the best way to fund a new highway project? Tippie economics grads are using their skill with numbers and their understanding of how people and organizations make decisions to answer all kinds of questions.

They excel in law schools and MBA programs, and they’re in demand by banks and insurance companies, manufacturers and retailers, government agencies, and consulting firms. The list of companies that have hired Tippie economics grads includes:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Accenture
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • IBM
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bear Stearns
  • Target

Economists majors make elite company

What do Warren Buffett and Ariana Huffington have in common? Elon Musk and Arnold Schwarzenegger? What about the founder of Walmart and the head of the AFL-CIO? They were all economics majors, as were presidents Ford, Reagan, and the first president Bush. With the analytical skills you’ll develop as a Tippie economics student, you’ll have the flexibility to start your career almost anywhere and take it wherever you want to go. You could be:

  • an account executive
  • a bank examiner
  • a commodities trader
  • an estate planner
  • a financial analyst
  • a foreign service officer
  • a journalist
  • a professor
  • a real estate developer
  • an urban planner

And, of course, there’s always football. Or showbiz. Bill Belichick, John Elway, Cate Blanchett and Mick Jagger? Economics majors.

Internship & career resources

The Pomerantz Career Center offers a wealth of resources to help you find internships, networking opportunities, and your first—or next—economics job. 

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Alumni Story
While at Tippie,, Tom Niblock (BBA07) merged his economics and religious studies majors to build a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

Pivot from broad foundation to foreign focus

After living overseas for years, Tom Niblock (BBA07) moved back to Washington, D.C. and worked as an international relations officer in the Taiwan office of the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

"We advocate for democracy and human rights, especially religious freedom, all over the world."

His current job is in the Office of International Religious Freedom, which is within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

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