Why Economics


Employment Outlook for Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from NIU

Students considering the major in economics often ask "What kinds of jobs could I expect to get with a degree in economics?" Our students compete successfully for many entry-level professional positions in financial services, marketing, manufacturing, insurance, and real estate. In addition, some students choose to work in the public sector. 

Links for Economics Majors

NIU Career Services takes an active role in helping NIU students during the job search and placement procedure, and holds both Job Fairs and Internship Fairs. In addition, NIU Career Services hosts the "Northern Illinois University Major WebLinks" containing information for undergraduate students, including NIU Major Weblinks for Economics.

The American Economic Association also has information on careers for undergraduates with Economics degrees on its site for undergraduates.

Employment Outlook for Students with a Graduate Degree in Economics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of economists is expected to grow 20-30 percent in the near future due to the continued need for economic analyses by financial analysts, lawyers, accountants, marketing researchers, urban and regional planners, and many others. Those skilled in quantitative techniques and their application to economic modeling and forecasting should have the best job opportunities.

The market continues to be strong for economists with graduate degrees from NIU. Masters students with good quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills are highly sought after by private employers in the Chicago area and our PhD students continue to get offers from academic, public-sector, and private-sector employers.

Contact Us

Department of Economics
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-752-1019 fax