To date, we’ve asked 481 current and past economics students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

You don’t have to choose a major right away, but at some point you will.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a economics degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a economics degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are economics students compared to other degrees?

Overall, economics students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.3 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, economics students rate their happiness similarly to students in Neuroscience and Related Studies, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Early Childhood Education.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to economics

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Zoology and Related Animal Studies$55,014
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics$61,782
Political Science$81,643
Human Development$45,274
Economics$106,175
Neuroscience and Related Studies$50,030
Biological and Biomedical Sciences$64,833
Early Childhood Education$39,871
Human Biology$64,122
Security and Protective Services$71,015

Let's break that down further.

Are economics students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
588 ratings
5 stars
25%
4 stars
40%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
4%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
588 ratings
5 stars
23%
4 stars
40%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
5%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in economics experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did economics graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what economics grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
567 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
34%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
8%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were economics students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
481 ratings
5 stars
20%
4 stars
26%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
10%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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