Careers in economics

Economics alumna Lori Rennison
Economics alumna Lori Rennison (MA 1998) is a Senior Policy Director at Canada’s central bank and and leads the activities that support the Bank’s participation in international policy forums, such as the G7 and G20 meetings

What can I do with a degree in economics?

A degree in economics prepares students for an extraordinary range of career choices. Our graduates are economists, financial analysts, policymakers, lawyers, accountants, entrepreneurs and more.

Co-op placements will let you work in different areas, giving you the experience you need to decide what career suits you best. The diversity of our programs and co-op opportunities allow you to get a head start in preparing for your ideal career.

Some career options for economics majors

  • Accountant
  • Business consultant
  • Competition policy analyst
  • Economist
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial reporter
  • Health policy analyst
  • Investment advisor
  • Investment banker
  • Labour relations specialist
  • Market researcher

Additional education and training may be required

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

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Meet our alumni

Bailey Quaite

Senior Advisor, Community Engagement & Communications
Alberta Health Services

At Alberta Health Services, Bailey works in public engagement on health policy and healthcare delivery while supporting regional advisory councils. Her career trajectory has included negotiation work for the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and community relations for CEDA, an Alberta-based energy services company. In 2015, Bailey was selected for a Young Women in Energy Award.

Economics - BSc (2008)

Sadaf Mirza

Chief Economist & Executive Director
Economic Forecasting and Analysis, BC Government

Sadaf has 18 years of experience working as an economist with the BC government, including successive leadership positions in the Ministry of Finance. As Chief Economist for the BC Ministry of Finance she is responsible for developing the provincial government economic forecast, and provides strategic analysis and advice to senior levels of government on the economy and economic policy.

Economics - BSc (1997), MA (1999)

Nawin Chirapant

Diplomatic Officer (Second Secretary)
United Nations Security Council, Peace, Security, and Disarmament Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand

As a Diplomatic Officer, Nawin is responsible for policy analysis and implementation of Thailand's engagements with United Nations disarmament framework of conventional weapons.

Economics - BSc (Hons.) (2008), MA (2012)

Phil Ashworth

Portfolio Manager
Odlum Brown Limited

As a Portfolio Manager, Phil deals with a wide range of retail investors, tailoring portfolios to individual circumstances and ensuring that asset allocation is correct based on each client’s objectives and risk tolerance. After graduating from UVic, Phil began his career trading money market securities, stocks and options. Read more

Economics - BSc (2006)

Joanne McBurnie

ScrumMaster
Limbic Media

Johanna serves as ScrumMaster for Limbic Media Corporation, a Victoria tech company specializing in interactive lighting art installations and products. As the company's ScrumMaster, she facilitates project planning in a people-centred way, making space for quick changes and team self-organization.

Economics - BA (With Distinction), and Social Justice Studies - Diploma (2013)

Tracy Redies

MLA, Surrey-White Rock
Legislative Assembly of BC

Tracy was elected in the riding of Surrey-White Rock in 2017. Her areas of expertise include strategic development and positioning, mergers and acquisitions, commercial banking; personal financial services, wealth management, e-business and IT. Tracy was formerly Director of BC Hydro and CEO of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Canada's second largest credit union.

Economics and Pacific and Asian Studies - BA (1984)

Jennifer Davison

Senior Policy Analyst
BC Government

Jennifer's current position with the BC government involves developing and implementing standards for renewable energy and reduced carbon emissions from transportation fuels. She works with senior government and industry officials on challenging and high profile public policy issues like offshore oil and gas, low carbon transportation, the Canada-US softwood lumber dispute and industry competitiveness.

Economics - BA, MA (2003)

Kelsey Ramsden

President
Belvedere Place Development and SparkPlay

Kelsey is Canada's Top Female Entrepreneur, ranked #1 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazine's 100 list in 2012. She has founded and run businesses ranging from construction to children's toys. She is President of Belvedere Place Development, a land development and construction firm, and Spark Play, a monthly play subscription service. She is also a speaker, consultant and coach.

Economics - BA (2000)