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Area of Study: Liberal Arts
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Liberal Arts
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Economics

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.

Career Information

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.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Environmental Economists
38.87 Hourly Wage 118 Currently Employed
Conduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.
118 Environmental Economists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.56 % over the next four years.
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Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
26.16 Hourly Wage 12803 Currently Employed
Teach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
12803 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.21 % over the next four years.
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City and Regional Planning Aides
21.89 Hourly Wage 194 Currently Employed
Compile data from various sources, such as maps, reports, and field and file investigations, for use by city planner in making planning studies.
194 City and Regional Planning Aides are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.34 % over the next four years.
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Economists
38.87 Hourly Wage 118 Currently Employed
Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.
118 Economists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.56 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

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