What can I do with a major in Consumer Economics?
UGA Specific Information for Consumer Economics
The Consumer Economics major at The University of Georgia prepares students to understand consumer decision-making in an environment characterized by changing technology, demographic trends, and globalization. Students learn about the rights and privileges provided consumers by federal and state law, in addition to predatory practices consumers may encounter in the markets as well as how to identify and explain these practices to other individuals. Students working toward a Consumer Economics degree also can pursue the Applied Consumer Analytics emphasis or a double major in Housing.
A Consumer Economics major prepares students for work in a variety of fields, including government agencies, consumer organizations and corporations for careers in consumer protection; public policy; financial services; consumer research; and communication. For those who pursue the Applied Consumer Analytics emphasis, consumer and policy analysts are in demand by private, public, and non-profit organizations.
Employers Hiring UGA Consumer Economics for the Class of 2016*
Ally Financial Inc. | Ameriprise Financial, Inc. | Aramark Corporation | ASAP Auto Care Center | Bankers Life | BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc. | BlueLinx Holdings | Certified Clean Care | DriveStewart | Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group, LLC | Fineline Technologies Inc | FRONTLINE Selling | Greene Properties, Inc. | HC Coleman & Co. | Insight Global | Kinnucan’s | L.L.C. | Lead Forensics | Marriott International, Inc. | N3 | Naylor Association Solutions | North American Properties | Novare Group | Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Factory Store | Post Properties | QBE Insurance | Siemens Healthineers | Sodexo | Starwood Property Trust | The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company | The University of Georgia | Waffle House, Inc.
Job Titles of UGA Consumer Economics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Analyst | Assistant Manager | Assistant Project Manager | Business Development Representative | Concierge | Credit Associate | Customer Dining Manager | Demand Creation Executive | Detail Specialist | Development Associate | Financial Advisor | Financial Planner | Financial Planning Coordinator | Human Resources Assistant | Inside Sales Account Executive | Invoicing Specialist | Leasing Assistant | Leasing Consultant | Manager | National Accounts | Product Specialist | Revenue Manager | Sales & Marketing Associate | Sales Executive | Sales Representative | Staff Manager | Technical Recruiter | Underwriting Associate | Unit Manager | Unit Marketing Coordinator
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Consumer Economics Majors for the Class of 2016*
Athens Technical College | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | The University of Georgia
UGA Consumer Economics Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
Internship Information (Must complete FHCE 5900 prior to beginning internship for credit)
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