The world is your oyster after graduation! But, there are some jobs that economics concentrators might find particularly interesting. Here are just a few possibilities, in five broad categories:
- Finance. Many Harvard undergraduates join the financial sector after graduation, both at large organizations like Goldman Sachs, small firms targeting a niche market, and everything in between. There is on-campus recruiting and a lot of information from the Office of Career Services' finance page.
- Consulting. Many Harvard undergraduates pursue consulting positions after graduation, at a huge variety of consulting firms. There are large strategy consulting firms like Bain and Company and large economics consulting firms like Analysis Group, as well as other firms focused in specific areas such as the environment, health care, public policy, and development (eg, Oxford Policy Management). There is on-campus recruiting and a lot of information from the Office of Career Services' consulting page.
- Market Research. Many companies have an interest in market research to better understand their current and potential clients, changing tastes and preferences, etc. Your insight into decision-making combined with econometrics skills make you well-prepared for jobs like this.
- Risk analysis. Many companies are interested in analyzing risk; your econometrics skills will really come in handy! For example, Moody's Analytics, credit card companies, car insurance companies...
- Health industry. Pharmaceutical companies (for humans as well as animals), health care insurance providers, health care exchanges, and many other places will all have jobs where the economics tool kit you've built over four years will be very valuable.
- Analytics and Strategy. Many companies specialize in analyzing big data for companies, sports, elections, and so much more. Check out groups like Civis Analytics, Clarity Campaign Labs, BlueLabs, Opta, and Avero. Professional sports teams also hire data analysts. Moneyball is real!
- Social Enterprise. Companies focused on social enterprises can be either for-profit or non-profit. Some examples of interesting SE companies are Polymath Ventures, Reboot, the Omidyar Network, and Central Square Foundation.
An endless array of interesting jobs. Past concentrators have gone to Tootsie Roll, Pinterest, Las Vegas casinos, Microsoft, the fashion industry, and more. The possibilities are endless.
Government and government-related jobs
- General website for US government jobs. USDA, DOT, HUD, EPA, BLS, Census… so many possibilities!
- Congressional Budget Office
- Council of Economic Advisers
- Federal Trade Commission
- The Federal Reserve. The individual Fed Reserve Banks have their own websites and conduct their own job searches.
- LIS, the Luxembourg Data Center
Research and Think Tanks
- National Bureau of Economic Research
- Brookings Institution
- Abt Associates
- J-PAL, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT
- IFPRI, the International Food Policy Research Institute. One of 15 centers that forms the CGIAR Consortium.
- Mathematica Policy Research, nonpartisan research organization
- Council on Foreign Relations
- RAND Corporation
- Urban Institute
- WRI, the World Resources Institute
A list of econ-focused think tanks, from RePEc
- Princeton-in-Asia Program
- Teach for America
- Mercy Corps
- Environmental Defense Fund
- 3ie, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
- The Asia Foundation
- IDinsight, using randomized trials to help developing country leaders improve social impact
- The Working World, venture capitalists with a social mission
- ideas42, using behavioral economics to solve social problems
- Acumen, fellows program focused on solutions to poverty