My undergrad was Economics/Mathematics, then graduate studies in Economics (just a masters - I don't have the patience for academia). Right out of school I was in 'Strategic Planning' - for a telecom. I was responsible for planning a Call Centre - managing staff levels, both short term and long-term. Did some econometric forecasting, and developed and played with some econometric/mathematical models in that role. Now I'm a Business Analyst for an Electric Utility. Kind of a liaison between IT and the business unit I work for. Do some Excel/SQL work developing IT solutions for the unit. My next move will be to go into Commodities Trading (trading the inputs/outputs of Power Generation) or Investment Analysis (Doing cash flow, life-cycle valuations, etc.). My Theories on Economics Undergrad Studies: 1) There are "Economic Analysts" and "Policy Analysts". I'd put myself in the first group. 2) An "Economist" without formal econometrics training is little more then a Sociologist - and we all laugh at how employable those social "scientists" are. You're best options with a "Policy" orientated BA is either to do a MA, MBA, or go work for the government. 3) If you want to be an "Economic Analyst" take a Math/Stats minor. Looks great, and lots of the jobs overlap. Virtually ALL the jobs I've applied for asked for "Math, Stats, Computer Science, or Economics" degrees. The more you know in all those fields the better. I'd even go so far as make sure you take a few Computer Sciences courses in VBA/SQL/Java 4) If you want to be a "Policy Analyst" .. I donno. Take a "Economics of Sport" course or something.