The study of economics helps people understand the world around them. It enables people to understand people, businesses, markets and governments, and therefore better respond to the threats and opportunities that emerge when things change. Economics majors are well-positioned in an ever-changing world because they have problem solving and analytical skills that allow them to succeed in variety of career paths—law, risk management, actuary, finance, foreign affairs, public administration, politics, policy analysis, health administration, entrepreneurship, market analysis, journalism, and unknown careers of the future.
The breadth and flexibility of an economics degree prepares students to adjust to unexpected changes and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. A study by LinkedIn (PDF, 43 KB) found that college graduates change jobs and careers about four times in the first ten years after graduation. With its wide-ranging applications, economics is a great choice in an ever-changing world.