Resident Physician, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School — Newark, NJ
"I took a less traditional route with economics and entered medical school."
Vice President, Chief Actuary, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina — Durham, NC
"Challenging, but meaningful, coursework to prepare me to solve a wide array of problems in today's complex business environment."
Boston Consulting Group — Atlanta, Georgia
"Duke's courses on microeconomics made business concepts intuitive for me, and its research-focused approach ensured my comfort with the heavy data and analytics required in consulting."
Associate, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP — New York, NY
"My Economics background helps me understand how my clients' legal problems impact their business."
"The knowledge you learn will be applicable in any field you get into."
Peak6 Investments — Chicago, Illinois
"My Economics degree has given me credibility."
Senior Manager, Corporate Development, General Motors — Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
"My economics degree provided valuable skills, career visibility, and a foot in the door to the investment banking / M&A advisory industry at an entry level after graduation."
CEO, Fronterra Global Advisory — Stamford, Connecticut
"The field of Economics is a great foundation for any career, but has been especially helpful in pursing a career in business and eventually starting my own consulting company."
Medical Officer (anesthesiologist), US Air Force, Joint Base Andrews, MD
"(My major) gave me a different perspective on the medical system and how individual patient care differs from more systemic issues."
CEO/Founder, Farrow Lane Inc. — New York, NY
"(My Econ major) Helps me think about the world in a structured way."
New Mountain Capital — New York, New York
"Helped me build my foundation in both economics and finance, which were integral in my success right out of school."
"The more disciplines you can learn from, the better positioned you will be."
President, Kibo — Nashville, TN
"My econ degree from Duke was the foundation for my business career."
McKinsey & Company — Chicago, Illinois
"Duke was critical in teaching me how to think, how to structure thoughts and arguments and how to communicate with others."
Director Content Strategy, Seeking Alpha
"While I think it's relevant to have econometrics and some fluency in statistical analysis, I think the theoretical aspects are more important."
Marketing Product Manager, Apple — Cupertino, California
"The critical thinking taught at Duke prepared me for a career in marketing and technology product management."
Law Clerk, Federal Judiciary
"Think about what classes within the major interest you the most, and how you want to use your degree."
Customer Engineer, Google — Mountain View, California
"Economics is an excellent foundation to build your understanding of the world from."
Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health & Main Line Health Center for Population Research — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Deciding to pursue the master's was a way for me to train in higher-level math and statistics and a good transition to make sure a Ph.D. was really for me."
Deloitte — Charlotte, North Carolina
"I was able to land interviews at most places I applied whereas my friends at other universities oftentimes struggled to get their foot in the door."