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Old 05-23-2010, 01:19 AM   #1
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Question What jobs can you get with a BA in Business Economics?

As the title says, what jobs are there for someone who has a BA in Business Economics? I am looking to start my own business but would like to know what I would have to fall back on or to get back on my feet if my own business doesn't work out initially. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:37 AM   #2
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i was going for this degree. my 2 friends with the same degree is doing the same jobs they've been doing since high school (wells fargo corporte & club monaco mgr) since it seemed like they were getting nowhere and to top it all off the economy took a dump. i switched majors from economoics into health care administration with just 6 classes left to graduate with the BA in econ...i might double major just because.
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i was going for this degree. my 2 friends with the same degree is doing the same jobs they've been doing since high school (wells fargo corporte & club monaco mgr) since it seemed like they were getting nowhere and to top it all off the economy took a dump. i switched majors from economoics into health care administration with just 6 classes left to graduate with the BA in econ...i might double major just because.
Thanks for the info. I'm expecting the economy to "stabilize" by the time I graduate.
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I have a double BS, one is in Econ. It doesn't get you anything specific, but it is the one business degree that lets you prove that you're highly intellectually capable (Finance as well to an extent depending on your school). Basically, it allows you to transition into a broad spectrum of business careers, not shoehorning yourself like if you majored in accounting or marketing. From my experience, it seems like a high GPA in econ is a bit more highly valued than a high GPA in finance. Basically, you can do anything business related with it, but you'll only end up in a career actually relating to econ (like a corporate advisory team) if your're extremely good at it (like 3.9 major GPA good from a top 25 school). Get a sub 3.5 though, and its as good as a degree in English lit.


Edit: Business econ... I would stay away from that. It sounds like one of those tailored "focused" majors that they invent at internet schools for retards that cant hack it in the real classes.

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I have a double BS, one is in Econ. It doesn't get you anything specific, but it is the one business degree that lets you prove that you're highly intellectually capable (Finance as well to an extent depending on your school). Basically, it allows you to transition into a broad spectrum of business careers, not shoehorning yourself like if you majored in accounting or marketing. From my experience, it seems like a high GPA in econ is a bit more highly valued than a high GPA in finance. Basically, you can do anything business related with it, but you'll only end up in a career actually relating to econ (like a corporate advisory team) if your're extremely good at it (like 3.9 major GPA good from a top 25 school). Get a sub 3.5 though, and its as good as a degree in English lit.


Edit: Business econ... I would stay away from that. It sounds like one of those tailored "focused" majors that they invent at internet schools for retards that cant hack it in the real classes.
It's at UCLA.

Thanks for the input! Very good info!
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It's at UCLA.

Thanks for the input! Very good info!
Yea; considering their business undergrad program isnt even ranked; I would say that's probably not the best idea.
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isnt health care administration the major where all the dropouts from premed go?
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theres no such thing as a premed major
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i never said premed major.
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still cant answer your question
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You can do anything you want really. That piece of paper basically just says you're ready to work, I know a large number of people who don't do a thing related to their major, my father for one. He got a degree in some sort of engineering, he is in sales now.

Also, Im pretty sure there is such thing as a pre-med major. Maybe not at your school but they do exist. My friend at Iowa is currently in the pre-dentistry program. Many schools will rename or tweak programs to sound exclusive, thats how my school wrangled me in, I thought Id be getting a leg up on everyone with my "one-of-a-kind" major.

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I graduated with an Econ degree back in 2006. Had the notion that I would get into finance or business intelligence but nothing really paned out.

I'm currently working in IT for the State Dept. Yet, as someone else mentioned, it's really just a license to work, so-to-speak. The key is that econ teaches you how to think critically. This is something that all employeers appreciate, so no matter what field you end up in, econ is a great base to work from.

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isnt health care administration the major where all the dropouts from premed go?
anything with the word business is where they usually go.
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anything with the word business is where they usually go.
Psych seems to be popular too, though that's true generally though.
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grad school... undergraduate econ degrees don't have much focus... it can be financed/business oriented, public policy oriented, stats oriented, or just about anything else. unless you find some sort of niche job with a particular company, it's hard to hone in on specific jobs that an econ degree will work towards imo. i was a finance/econ double major btw. finance has definitely been my money making degree (until the market took a dump at least )
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Yea; considering their business undergrad program isnt even ranked; I would say that's probably not the best idea.
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You can do anything you want really. That piece of paper basically just says you're ready to work, I know a large number of people who don't do a thing related to their major, my father for one. He got a degree in some sort of engineering, he is in sales now.

Also, Im pretty sure there is such thing as a pre-med major. Maybe not at your school but they do exist. My friend at Iowa is currently in the pre-dentistry program. Many schools will rename or tweak programs to sound exclusive, thats how my school wrangled me in, I thought Id be getting a leg up on everyone with my "one-of-a-kind" major.
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I graduated with an Econ degree back in 2006. Had the notion that I would get into finance or business intelligence but nothing really paned out.

I'm currently working in IT for the State Dept. Yet, as someone else mentioned, it's really just a license to work, so-to-speak. The key is that econ teaches you how to think critically. This is something that all employeers appreciate, so no matter what field you end up in, econ is a great base to work from.

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grad school... undergraduate econ degrees don't have much focus... it can be financed/business oriented, public policy oriented, stats oriented, or just about anything else. unless you find some sort of niche job with a particular company, it's hard to hone in on specific jobs that an econ degree will work towards imo. i was a finance/econ double major btw. finance has definitely been my money making degree (until the market took a dump at least )
Thanks for all the responses. I was considering the business program at USC but I don't think it's worth it (any opinions on that?). I might just get a BA in Economics. Still trying to decide. Thanks again!
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Thanks for all the responses. I was considering the business program at USC but I don't think it's worth it (any opinions on that?). I might just get a BA in Economics. Still trying to decide. Thanks again!
Just to give you an idea my uncle majored in History when he was in school and he now is the CEO of a company that manufactures those personal weather station things and other similar products that don't really work. He previously would come in and take over companies that were floundering and make them profitable again, which is how he moved to his current position. So your major doesn't necessarily dictate what you do in life.
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Just to give you an idea my uncle majored in History when he was in school and he now is the CEO of a company that manufactures those personal weather station things and other similar products that don't really work. He previously would come in and take over companies that were floundering and make them profitable again, which is how he moved to his current position. So your major doesn't necessarily dictate what you do in life.
Yeah, I just wanted to see if there were any specific business-related jobs that companies offer to people with that degree (if that makes any sense).
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