Labor Economics

Labor Economics Fundamentals

Economics is the study of how society, businesses, organizations and individuals produce, exchange, buy and sell goods and services. The B.S. in Labor Economics is a program focused on issues involving human resources, from the analysis of wages and labor markets to the investigation of such social policy problems as health, education and discrimination. The degree prepares students for careers in the field through:

  • Core courses in labor theory and application, plus quantitative and computer methods
  • Development of analytical and problem solving skills
  • A program tailored with electives geared toward a particular career track in: — business, banking and international economics, public policy, graduate school

     Our Faculty

    • conduct research
    • publish in high-quality academic journals
    • consult with businesses and government agencies 

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on Research

    Program culminates in a senior project where you will demonstrate your abilities and apply what you have learned, both analytically and quantitatively.

    Real-world Experience

    Gain practical professional experience through internship opportunities typically taken in the summer between the third and fourth years.

    Recent Placements

    • Westfield Insurance
    • Allstate Insurance
    • City of Akron
    • FirstMerit Bank
    • Limited Brands, Inc.
    • The Timken Company
    • SS&G Wealth Management
    • PNC Bank

      Economics Student Organizations

      Interact with other economics students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

      • Economics Club
      • Economics Honor Society — Omicron Delta Epsilon

      Curriculum Guide

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      For More Information:

      Department of Economics

      Contact: Dr. Michael Nelson

      Career Opportunities

      Degrees and Preparation

      A degree in labor economics paves the way to many career opportunities.

      Possible positions with a B.S. in Labor Economics: 

      • labor market analysts
      • social and labor policy experts in government agencies and in local and international firms
      • consulting

      Career Outlook 

      The best opportunities are in private industry, especially in research, testing and consulting firms. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees.

      A&S Careers Program

      Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

      • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
      • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
      • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
      • department-specific mentoring arrangements

      Learn more about career services in our college.

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