Economists predict the future
Economists examine how individuals and groups, including companies and governments, decide how they will use limited resources to produce and distribute goods and services. Students who study economics ask questions about trade, taxes, prices, and monetary policy. Students choosing economics as a major typically follow the pathway through Austin Community College’s Economics Program, then transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.
To be a successful economist, you must be able to produce economic forecasts and reports for presentation to clients (individuals, companies, financial organizations, and public bodies) and to give advice on policy questions and business strategy. Possible employers include local and national government, public and private banks, insurance companies, think tanks, large multinational companies, colleges and universities, financial consultancies, accountancy firms, and local authorities.