Applied Economics

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About the Major

The Applied Economics major prepares you for a wide variety of careers in public policy and business analysis including finance, trade, environmental management and more.

The curriculum provides a strong background in economic theory and empirical methods. Students select an emphasis area related to their career goals.

Study Applied Economics

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Representative Aon
Assistant Project Manager Stahl Construction
Associate Banker Chase Bank
Associate Business Analyst 3 Bridge BoomLab
Associate Logistics Analyst Ecolab
Business Analyst JLL
Business Development Representative Thomson Reuters
Business Development Representative Zacks Investment Research
Category Development Manager The HEINEKEN Company
Consulting Analyst Accenture
Credit Analyst BMO Harris Bank
Development Analyst Dominium
Financial Advisor Equitable Advisors
Financial Analyst PFM
Financial Consultant Wells Fargo
Internal Sales Analyst GridBeyond, LLC.
Investment Coordinator WayCrosse, Inc.
Investment Specialist MassMutual
Logistics Management Analyst Northrop Grumman
Market Research Assistant Barr Engineering Co.
Operations Technical Analyst Allianz
Patient Services Manager Sodexo
Portfolio Analyst Allianz
Procurement Specialist Ecolab
Sales & Operations Manager GEMS
Sales Development Representative Perforce Software
Supply Chain Specialist Hearthside Food Solutions
Trading Intern Cargill

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Accountancy University of Minnesota
Accounting Indiana University
Agriculture and Applied Economics University of Wisconsin
Analytics Capella University
Applied Economics University of Minnesota
Applied Economics University of Minnesota
Applied Economics University of Michigan
Applied Economics Cornell University
Business Analytics University of Washington
Data Science DePaul
Economics South Dakota State University
Food Safety Servsafe
Information Security Carnegie Mellon University
Law University of Minnesota
Management & Systems New York University
Nonprofit Management Certificate University of Minnesota
Public Policy Humphrey School of Public Affiars
Real Estate Finance University of Cambridge
Real Estate License Kaplan
Sports Management University of Minnesota

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Manager C.H. Robinson
Accounting and Risk Analyst CHS Inc.
Area Group Sales Manager Aimbridge Hospital
Associate Director - MetLife Agricultural Finance MetLife
Brand Development Manager PepsiCo
Buyer Bumble Bee Foods
Client Service Associate Annex Wealth Management
Consultant Verdant Associates
Credit Analyst John Deere Financial
Data Engineer University of Minnesota
Demand Planner Land O'Lakes
Finance Professional II University of Minnesota
Financial Advisor AXA Financial
Institutional Data Analyst Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Lead Supply Chain Analyst - Supply Chain Strategy Target
Premium Packing Platform Leader P&G
Production Team Leader Cytiva
Regionalized Auto Claims Representative - Tier 2 Farmers Insurance
Senior Accountant Animal Humane Society
Senior Associate Impendi Analytics
Senior Consultant Northern Trust Corporation
Senior Decision Scientist, Marketing Remitly
Senior Demand Planning Analyst Best Buy
Senior Financial Analyst Presidium Group
Sr. Business Partner - Business Partnerships & Negotiations Target
Sr. Demand Forecasting Analyst Best Buy
Strategic Pricing Associate Uber Freight

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Executive Travelers
Associate Client Reporting Analyst Voya Financial
Business Analyst University of Minnesota
Business Line Reporting and Planning Financial Analyst U.S. Bank
Business Support Consultant Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Category Manager Batteries Plus Bulbs
Consumer Business Group - Global Service Lead 3M
Crop Protection Program Marketing Manager Land O'Lakes
Director of Credit JCPenny
Energy Trader Boston Energy Trading and Marketing
Finance Manager Optum
IT Cutover Project Manager (M&A and Divestitures) Cargill
Management Consultant EY
Marketing Analytics Manager U.S. Bank
National Account Manager The Clorox Company
Operations Analyst 1st Armored Division
Operations Manager II U.S. Bank
Senior Grain Merchandiser Cargill
Senior Manager - Modern Data Center Channel Sales Dell EMC
Senior Retirement Plan Sales Consultant Capital Group
Senior Software Developer 3M
Senior Store Operations Manager - Strategic Accounts Digital River
Speciality Development Executive LabCorp
Sr. TSS Operations Analyst Target Corporation
Supply Chain Manager of Ancient Grains and Edible Seeds Bay State Milling Company
Underwriter Zurich North America
Vice President - Counterparty Oversight Manager Two Harbors Investment Corp.
Waste Stream Manager Costco Wholesale

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Assistant Policy Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Representative
  • Consultant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Trading & Risk Analyst

Top Employers

  • Allianz
  • Best Buy
  • Cargill
  • Dominium
  • Ecolab
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • PFM
  • U.S. Bank
  • United Health Group
  • University of Minnesota
  • Wells Fargo

Types of Employers

  • Agricultural business organizations 
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Consulting and wealth management firms
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Research centers and universities
  • Retail

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Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: economics, applied, business, analyst, financial, adviser, policy, supply chain
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Applied Economics