Career and Leadership Development


Economists study the way society uses scarce resources such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery to provide goods and services. They analyze the results of their research and determine the costs, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, discrimination, business cycles, or tax policy. Some economists are primarily theorists, developing mathematical models to explain the causes of inflation, while others prefer to work with practical applications of economic policy. Because graduates possess keen analytical skills, they are employable in a variety of different fields, including business, government, journalism, law, teaching, research, administration, and banking. The department provides concentrations in the following areas: money & banking, public finance, international trade & finance, economic development, quantitative economics, labor economics, transportation, regional/urban economics, managerial economics, comparative economics systems, and industrial organization.

Emphases within the major:

Economics & Business Policy Emphasis (BBA)
Economics & Public Policy Emphasis (BBA/BA/BS)
Economics (BA/BS)
Economics (BBA)
Economics Education (BSE)
International Emphasis (BBA/BA/BS)
Social Studies Broadfield - Economics I/II Emphasis (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Communication Skills - Oral & Written
Decision Making
Hypothesis Testing
Numerical Reasoning
Problem Solving
Recordkeeping/Report Writing
Statistical Methodology
Understanding Economic Systems
Understanding Human Behavior & Institutions

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number).
The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Bank Manager (186.117-038)
Economic Forecaster
Economist (050.067-010)
Foreign Trade Analyst
Manpower Planner
Marketing Analyst (050.067-014)
Journalist (131.267-014)
Portfolio Administrator (186.167-054)
Rate Analyst (160.267-014
Regional/Urban Planner (199.167-014)
Stockbroker (162.157-038)
Teacher - Secondary / Higher education (091.227-010)
Transportation/Traffic Manager (184.167-102)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

American Family Insurance - Madison, WI
ARAMARK - Appleton, WI
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. - Chicago, IL
GMAC - Brookfield, WI
Lab Safety Supply - Janesville, WI
Lands' End - Dodgeville, WI
Marshall & Ilsley Corp. - Milwaukee, WI
Midwest Stock Exchange - Chicago, IL
Nathan Associates - Washington DC
Prudential Preferred - Milwaukee, WI
TCF National Bank - Chicago, IL
Thompson, Unger & Plum - Madison, WI
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Washington, DC
US Dept. of Defense - Denver, CO
Wells Fargo Financial - Rockford, IL

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA
Tulane University - Tulane, LA
UCLA - Los Angeles, CA
University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Economics Department
Departmental Office, Hyland Hall 4034
Phone: 262-472-1361

National Association for Business Economists (NABE)
28790 Chagrin Blvd. - Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44122

American Economic Association
1313 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

The Conference Board (TCB)
845 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022