HOW YOUR ECONOMICS DEGREE HAS PREPARED YOU FOR THE JOB MARKET

Technical Skills

  • Facility with data analysis programs such as Excel, Stata, and SAS

  • Creating charts and graphs to summarize data

  • Performing simple statistical analyses

  • Assessing the credibility of empirical evidence

  • Developing presentations with appropriate visual aids such as PPT

  • Using simple mathematics to help solve problems

  • Developing simple models that capture key features of problems to be solved

Analytical Skills

  • Developing rigorous arguments

  • Recognizing defective arguments

  • Problem solving

  • Developing a course of action to maximize the achievement of a goal

  • Predicting the consequences of alternative courses of action

  • Analyzing the consequences of exogenous events such as changes in climate, government policy and technology on the market prices of different inputs and outputs, the well-being of individuals, the profits of private businesses, and the activities of nonprofit organization

  • Assembling information relevant for solving problems

Communication Skills

  • Clear and concise writing

  • Verbal communication

  • Public speaking

Other Skills

  • Time management

  • Persistence

Date: 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Department of Economics

University of Virginia
248 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
Phone: 434-924-3177
Fax: 434-982-2904