Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Economics major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Asia America Initiative
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
CA Department of Human Resources
Center for Poverty Research
Cumulus SF
Davis Cemetery District
Davis Chamber of Commerce
Davis Dollars
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis Senior High School
District of Columbia Public Schools
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
European Union Delegation to the USA
Fox Consulting Group LLC
Holman Management Consulting, LLC
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democratic Staff
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
International House, Davis
Jeremy Rifkin's Foundation on Economic Trends
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Lam Research
McCarthy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Mercury Media
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Morris & Terry LLC
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA): History Office
National Peace Corps Association
Office of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
Opening Doors, Inc.
Perishable Foods Council of Northern CA
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Smithsonian Associates
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
UC Davis Asian American Center on Disparities Research
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Economics
UC Davis Intercollegiate Athletics
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
US Department of Commerce: Minority Business Development Agency
US Department of Education, Hispanic Outreach & Communications
Western Peaks Financial Corporation
Yolo County Visitors Bureau
Yolo Family Resource Center

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 445 79 17.8%
2013-14 515 78 15.1%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 44.9% 41.0% 7.7% 6.4%
2013-14 47.3% 28.4% 12.2% 12.2%
2014-15 50.7% 28.4% 19.4% 1.5%
2015-16 35.1% 41.2% 17.0% 6.7%
2016-17 23.2% 45.1% 26.8% 4.9%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Academy in Montevideo, Uruguay English Teacher
Academy of Art University Customer Service And Sales
Accenture Analyst
Accenture Analyst Consultant
ADRS Intern
Aflac Sales Associate
Ameson International Teacher
Aon Risk Services Account Specialist
Apple Computer Inc Quality Assurance Associate
Apttus Business Development Associate
Audiological Services of San Francisco Administrative Assistant
Bank of America Credit Analyst
Bankers Preferred Office Assistant
Bloomberg Software Developer
California Department of Education Staff Services Analyst
Cisco Systems, Inc Software Development Engineer
Citigroup Investment Banking Summer Analyst
Coro Fellows Program Fellow
Electric Vehicles International Marketing Coordinator
EMC Corporation Analyst
Epic Systems Corp Business Developer
Equilar Inc Research Analyst
FAST Enterprises Implementation Consultant
Goldman, Sachs and Company Analyst
Greenfield Union School District Teacher
Insight Public Relations Account Coordinator
Intel Corp Business Analyst
JPMorgan Chase Business Analyst
Liberty Mutual Insurance Product Analyst
Logicease Solutions Business Analyst
Lowry and Associates Auditor
Mapr Technologies Inside Sales Representative
Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Associate
Metropolitan Transit System Bus Driver
Mondo Inside Sales Account Manager
NeoTechnology Account Executive
Paul Hastings Janofsky Walker Practice Support Analyst
Pinterest Ad Quality Specialist
Politico Business Associate
Progressive Insurance Claims Adjuster
Proxio Assistant Marketing Manager
Public Financial Management, Inc. Analyst
QuinStreet Inc Online Marketing
River City Bank Commercial Banking Associate
River City Bank Credit Analyst
Robert Half Administrative Assistant
SAP Business Operations
State of California Internal Auditor
SunEdison Solar Development Analyst
Tesla Motors Supply Chain Analyst
Transphorm, Inc. IT Specialist
Triage Consulting Group Associate Consultant
Union Pacific Railroad Transportation Manager
University of California, Davis Computer System Software/Hardware Technician
University of California, Davis Project Coordinator
UPS Supervisor
Walt Disney Company Entertainment Intern
YuMe, Inc. Junior Billing Analyst

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $44,608 $43,000
2013-14 $51,730 $43,000
2014-15 $49,576 $43,000
2015-16 $49,867 $58,000
2016-17 $46,200 $35,500