UGA Specific Information for Consumer Economics

The Consumer Economics major at The University of Georgia prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make wise decisions as consumers. Through courses in consumer economics, students learn about the roles of consumers, the roles of producers, the government in our economic system, and the decision-making process. Consumer Economics addresses questions that directly affect family economic well-being. Students study available options and how to get the most for their money in specific areas of spending, such as food, transportation, housing, and insurance.

Students learn the economic theory of a household's consumption, contributing factors and influences of an individual consumer's purchasing habits, and personal finance and how effective personal budgeting can help improve a household's economic standing. Students will discover 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 may also pursue the Applied Consumer Analytics, Consumer Advocacy & Policy, or Consumer & Community Needs emphasis.

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. Students who pursue the Applied Consumer Analytics emphasis will gain the analytical skills needed to transform data into practical information for use in organizational and policy decisions. Consumer and policy analysts are in demand by private, public, and non-profit organizations. 



Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Consumer Economics*

** Includes Self-Employed


Campus Resources

  • Connect with Jessica McLeod-Waddell, your Career Consultant - click here to find information on how to schedule an appointment 
  • Daily Drop-In Hours: (staffed by Career Center graduate assistants and student interns)
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  • Consumer Economics Academic Advisor - Christie Sanders
  • UGA FHCE Department - Consumer Economics

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Professional Associations/Resources

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONSAmerican Association of Family and Consumer Sciences • American Council on Consumer Interests • Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

COMPANY & SALARY RESEARCH - Career Bliss • GlassDoor • Salary.com

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2021 Consumer Economics majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2021 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Archbold Medical Hospital Nurse and Professional Recruiter
Arrive Logistics Carrier Sales Representative
Arrow Electronics Field Sales Representative
Bank OZK Client Service Specialist
Buckeye International Field Sales Representative
Capital City Home Loans, LLC Loan Specialist
Capstone Financial, LLC Financial Services Representative
Credential Financial Advisor
Ctit HR Analyst
Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Associate Financial Planner
Expeditors International of Washington Custom Broker's Agent
EY Business Analyst
Fisher Investments Client Service Associate
GateKeyper Account Executive
Georgia Military College Enrollment Officer
Homrich Berg Associate Financial Planner
Integrity Marketing Group LLC Contract Specialist
Lockton Companies Benefits Analyst
Mutty Paws General Manager
N3 Business Development Representative
OneTrust Consultant
Planet Fitness Front Desk Attendant
RBC Global Asset Management RFP Writer/Data Analyst
Restaurant Equipment Market Purchasing Assistant
Sappelo Hammock Golf Club Assistant Golf Professional
Shane Smith Law Paralegal
Southern Country Charters Captain
Spark Foundry Associate Strategy & Media Planning
Starship Personal Assistant
Starship Personal Assistant
State Farm Sales Manager
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2021 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2021 Consumer Economics majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Athens Technical College Not Specified
Southern Methodist University Liberal Studies, MLS
University of Georgia Consumer Science, MS
University of Georgia Applied Consumer Analytics, MS
University of Georgia Business Analytics, MS
University of Georgia Applied Consumer Analytics, MS
University of Pittsburgh Business/Health Care Administration, MBA/MHA
* denotes no responses received.