Graduating from the UQ School of Economics will open up a diverse range of domestic and international career opportunities. You will also find yourself amongst the most highly paid graduates from business-related disciplines.

Our qualifications are recognised globally and our graduates are highly sought after by the finance and banking, international development, government, health and education sectors. You can choose to become an international consultant, policy advisor, investment banker, portfolio manager or researcher.

Who employs economists? The extensive list includes: federal, state and local governments, departments and ministries, health organisations, embassies and consulates, banks and top tier accounting firms, the World Bank and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Our graduates have also gone on to become leaders of business and government, politicians, development officers, UN officials and entrepreneurs.

Who will employ you?

The list is extensive but it includes:

  • Business
  • Environmental management
  • Foreign affairs or international development
  • Government or politics
  • Information technology
  • Infrastructure and transport
  • International finance, investment, insurance and trade
  • Management
  • Marketing and tourism
  • Natural resource and agricultural economics
  • Policy
  • Public health
  • Statistics
  • Teaching and education
  • Treasury

Develop skills in

  • Analysis and research
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Report writing
  • Logic-based decision making
  • Flexibility (applying economics to different disciplines)

Current and former positions held by UQ School of Economics alumni include:

  • CEO of the Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • CEO and co-founder of Wotif.com
  • CEO of Brisbane Broncos Ltd
  • Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Investment Advisor to the Republic of Maldives
  • Chief of the Australian Defence Force
  • Governor (state)
  • Magazine editors.

How much money can I earn?

According to Graduate Careers Australia 2013, the median annual starting salary for new Bachelor of Economics degree graduates aged less than 25 and in their first full-time employment in Australia was $51,000.

Career opportunities available now

UQ Economics students also have access to the Faulty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (SET) who help students get career-ready and facilitate professional opportunities. These include volunteering opportunities, internships, industry-based workshops, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice. Current students seeking an internship, cadetship or an entry level position are encouraged to register with UQ CareerHub. Students can then search for economics-related opportunities.

Find out more about internship and employment opportunities