>>1078215 What are the math courses you had to take? My undergraduate university has both a BS and BA in econ but the BA didn't require the extra math. (BS was also through the business school). Did you have any electives available like forecasting through the math or stat department?
>>1078269 No man, of course they aren't, but if you don't combine your Econ classes with regression modeling, statistics, and math then you might as well have majored in poli sci.
Economics is not a bad degree and you can get employed. I'm saying this as someone who had a job lined up as a data analyst before I graduated(May 2015). I now make $55k/yr + a yearly bonus. It's not a bad degree. I know the salary I provided isn't super great, but I'm pretty happy with it right out of college.
Talk to recruiters and people already in the kinds of companies / institutions that you want to work in. Find people who have interned in nice places. Talk to them about what they did. Read, read, read and learn what you read. Make yourself a useful resource in a field.
Recently chose econ as my major, BS though, and probably will double with math or something. But now this guy has got me questioning my decisions...econ (the technical side) is decent right? I go to a a good school if that's relevant
>>1078632 I'm the applied math and statistics major from directly above, and I would say economics is useful. I would love to have double majored but the department at my school is shit. Still took a handful of courses though.
Coupling it with math, stats, CS, even finance, is preferable, because you want tangible skills.
I think good economics classes can do a lot in teaching you a certain way of thinking. Supply and demand. Opportunity cost. Sunk costs. Liquidity preferences. Being able to frame something game theoretically (even loosely). Thinking about incentives.
Even if a lot of the specific models learned in an UG degree are bunk, the toolkit is a good one.
>>1078640 Good to know, thanks. I was originally thinking a double major with math or stats would just give me lower grades (curve is set lower I think, and classes are harder) and make grad school more difficult to get into if I choose to go that route. But it's sounding like the degree is best complemented by actual technical skills, not just high grades. Does that sound about right?
>>1078653 I am of the opinion that technical skills are important to differentiate you from other candidates and snag an internship/job.
This does not necessarily mean you need a double major to pick up said skills. You could teach yourself using internet/books, take a minor, or your econ major may even have plenty of technical courses if your department has its shit together.
What are you considering going to grad school for? If economics, you may very well want to double major to be competitive.
I am a statiststician and all analyst jobs I apply to say that they are looking for someone with a degree in a quantitive subject like "statistics, mathematics, physics, engineering, economics blablabla". It doesn't really seem to matter as long as you have a solid quantitative base. What they are really looking for though is people who know SQL, R, SAS, Python. Combine SQL with one of SAS/R/Python and I see no reason why someone with a degree in economics couldn't get an entry level data analyst job.
>>1078689 The easiest path is to focus on SQL and excel right away. Look up w3 school and SQL on coursera. Focus on power pivot and the like in excel. OP admits that they lack a strong quantitative background but could still make good money as a business analyst. They can work to gain other skills that are more quantitative while building solid work experience.
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