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 2020 Career Outcomes for Consumer Economics*

** Includes Self-Employed


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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 2020 Consumer Economics majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from 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.

Employer Position Title(s)
Ameriprise Client Service Specialist
Arrive Logistics National Account Executive
College House Office Manager/Quality Control
Cornerstone Mortgage Loan Partner
DePalma's Italian Cafe Kitchen Manager
Doosan Infracore North America, LLC Internal Sales Specialist
Elysian Bioscience Outside Sales Representative
Genuine Parts Company Associate Web Analyst
Georgia Department of Public Health DPH Case Investigator
Grass and More Outdoor Services Operations Technician
Heritage Properties Leasing Agent
J.C. Lewis Ford Sales Associate
Landmark Properties LMA
Messari Cryptocurrency Analyst
Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative
Select Gases Business Operations Specialist
Soliant Healthcare Account Executive
SOLTECH Talent Acquisition Specialist
Synovus Bank Teller
U.S. Military Infantryman (11X)
UPS Corporate Treasury Intern
Watershed Geo Digital Marketing Specialist
Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President Senior Registered Client Associate
* 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 2020 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 2020 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)
Augusta University Occupational Therapy, Master's
Dragonfly Aviation Flight Certification, Diploma/Certificate
Oklahoma State University Merchandising, Master's
Temple University Innovative Strategy, Diploma/Certificate
University of Georgia Business Administration, Bachelor's; Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, PhD
Western Kentucky University Recreation and Sports Administration, Master's
* denotes no responses received.