I'm Thinking About Majoring In Economics

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    I'm 21, I've been in school for a bit now, and pretty much have all my prereqs done for me to get on with my REAL classes targetting my degree.

    But I haven't officially declared a major.

    Thinking about economics and/or finance.

    I have always been fascinated with the economy, and I did very well in Micro and Macro economics that I took about 1-2 years ago.

    Anyone have any ideas/opinions/advice in a career in those fields?

    [Note: I'm not really interested in teaching at all]
     
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    I have a degree in both finance and economics. Finance is more practical but more people have a degree in economics in the country than any other major.
     
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    what can one do with a bachelor's in economics?
     
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    well i would think there's no better time than now to study the economy.......~S~
     
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    Finance is going to have more applicability in the private sector. Pure economics is more limiting, but a useful body of knowledge when combined with another degree.

    What do you Want To Do after you graduate?
     
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    That's the thing, I have no idea what actual career I want to pursue in the economics field, but I do know that I am very intrigued by it.

    I may do Finance though. I'm transferring to a University next semester from my CC, so I have a few months to decide still, and just need to make sure I know by registration since I'll be starting my real classes next semester.

    You guys know of any specific jobs there are in either fields?
     
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    It really depends upon whether or not you plan to pursue a graduate degree. Finance will be an easier path into banking - economics without a graduate degree is probably less marketable. But there are too many vagaries in life to make either path a certainty. If I were you, I'd think about the career I would like, and then determine which degree would best prepare me for it.
     
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    As someone who got his degree in Fin on GI bill, a few things that were true back in the 70s and 80s that are even more true now than back then.

    Pursue college only with a scholarship/GI Bill.

    Do so only only in a downturn like now.

    Major in Fin and minor in Operations/Logistics.

    Join the Navy or AF ROTC as a supply officer to get your scholarship ex post facto so you can be stuck in the rear with the Sergeant Major and the beer.

    The net present value of a college education has been negative since the late 1960s even without debt service.

    Put on your overalls and help service the motorpool or work in the mess hall, those are very good back up skills.
     
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    tune in ...turn on...drop out

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fErEDnGMO44]YouTube - Timothy Leary - Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out[/ame]
     
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    Please my freind, your country, the world, needs you to major in economics, while having the guts to think like a minor in economics.

    The experts, arn't so expert.

    We need new blood.
     

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