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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • accountant/auditor
  • actuary
  • bank examiner/trust officer
  • brand research analyst
  • business consultant/analyst
  • business forecaster
  • commodity/industry analyst
  • compensation and benefits administrator
  • controller
  • economic developer
  • economist
  • financial planner
  • financial analyst
  • insurance agent/broker
  • insurance underwriter
  • internal bank auditor
  • investment banking analyst
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • loan/mortgage officer
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • pension plan administrator
  • pricing analyst
  • public policy analyst
  • securities trader
  • statistician/sports statistician
  • technical analyst

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • banks/financial institutions
  • brokerage firms
  • consulting firms
  • credit unions
  • educational institutions
  • global trade organizations
  • government
  • import/export businesses
  • insurance companies
  • manufacturers
  • market research companies
  • municipalities
  • real estate companies
  • statistical research firms
  • stock brokers/exchange

Online Resources

  • Canadian Economics Association
  • Economic Developers Association of Canada
  • Canadian Women Economists Network
  • Canadian Association for Business Economics
  • The Financial Advisors Association of Canada
  • The Investment Funds Institute of Canada
  • CPA Ontario
  • Canadian Securities Institute

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • economic analyst
  • financial analyst
  • investor services specialist
  • risk advisory consultant
  • staff accountant
  • tax compliance analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Economics, Business Economics, International Affairs.
  • Other: CPA add-ons/Graduate Diploma in Accounting, CFA.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • commercial lines underwriter
  • economist
  • human resources generalist
  • investment banking analyst
  • senior account manager
  • senior business analyst
  • senior financial operations analyst
  • staff accountant

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge of economic structures and institutions, both in Canada and internationally.
  • Study theoretical microeconomic and macroeconomic models, and conduct empirical analysis of economics relationships.
  • Incorporate economic theory and empirical analysis to evaluate economic decisions by households, firms and governments.
  • Apply theory and empirical models to a capstone project.
  • Manage large datasets for the purpose of analysis.
  • Conduct economic research with related computer software including statistical analysis software.
  • Manage a research project independently by applying economic analysis to a policy issue.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Steffen Ziss, Chair, Department of Economics

E: sziss@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2776
Office Location: LH3009B

Christine Neill, Assistant Chair, Department of Economics

E: cneill@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2469
Office Location: LH3090

Helen Kaluzny, MABE Program Assistant and General Student Inquiries

E: hkaluzny@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2720
Office Location: LH3009

Jennifer Dilella, Administrative Inquiries

E: jdilella@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2056
Office Location: LH3010