Careers in economics

Economics alumna Lori Rennison
Economics alumna Lori Rennison (MA 2008) is a Senior Policy Director at Canada’s central bank and participates in the Canadian department’s contribution to the Bank of Canada’s Monetary Policy Report (MPR).

What can I do with a career in economics?

Economics is about making good decisions, explaining, predicting and behaving strategically in order to achieve objectives efficiently. It's a way of thinking and a collection of powerful quantitative and analytic tools.

Economics helps simplify your thoughts and discipline your approach to complex issues. It has got to be one of the most useful ways to tackle issues in many fields including international relations and diplomacy.
—Nawin Chirapant, Diplomatic Officer, United Nations Security Council for Thailand (BSc 2008, MA 2012)

A degree in economics prepares students for an extraordinary range of career choices. Graduates of our programs have become chief economists of major financial institutions, financial analysts, investment advisers, policy makers, lawyers, accountants, academics, CEOs of major companies, entrepreneurs and more. They occupy positions at all levels in the government, business, not-for-profit and academic sectors.

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)

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)

Thomas Thorn

Senior Research Analyst
Financial Stability Board

Thomas is a senior research analyst at the Financial Stability Board, an international body hosted by the Bank for International Settlements that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system. His work is primarily focused on various aspects of shadow banking. Prior to the Financial Stability Board, Thomas worked in the Bank of Canada's Financial Markets Department.

Economics - BSc (2009), MA (2011)

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)

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)

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)

Don Drummond

Adjunct Professor, Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy
Queen's University

Don is an Adjunct Professor and Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy at Queen's University. Prior to taking this position, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with TD Bank (2000-2010). He's also held a series of senior positions with the federal Department of Finance, as Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and Associate Deputy Minister.

Economics - BA (1976)

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)

Robert Malatest

R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd.

Robert is the President of one of Canada's largest independent Canadian owned market research and program evaluation firms, employing over 150 staff in five offices across Canada. He is a leading authority in the development and administration of performance measurement systems for public sector programs and services. He has also managed numerous multi-million dollar evaluations for a variety of public sector clients.

Economics - MA (1987)

Joanne McBurnie

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)

Ryan Gerhardt

Co-Founder - VP of Business Development

Ryan is a Co-Founder and VP of Business Development of RingPartner, a pay-per-call performance marketing network which delivers high quality leads to top tier advertisers via click to call technology. Previously, Ryan was president of Tap for Tap, Director of Mobile at Neverblue Media, and gained experience with the BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.

Economics - BA (Hons) (2008)

Tom Koltai

TK Business Development & Solutions Inc.

Tom has 25 years of corporate experience, including successive leadership positions with Molson Breweries and Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation, culminating in the position of Chief Operating Officer. He now helps clients in the beverage, hospitality, construction, and technology sectors across Canada and in the U.S. in various aspects of business development, restructurings, operations, contract negotiations and government relations.

Economics - BA (1981)

Kelsey Ramsden

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)

William Ng

Vice-President, Finance
Revenue Wire Inc. and FuturePay

In addition to financial reporting and management, William is also responsible for the development of payment strategy, management of foreign exchange, and online fraud prevention. In 2007, he received the Community Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community.

Economics and Pacific and Asian Studies - BA (1984)