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 2022 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 •

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Consumer Economics majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 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)
Acclarent Sales Training Representative
Acuity Brands Sales Leadership Development Program
Ad Victoriam Solutions Elevate Analyst
Aon Investment Analyst
Avantor Sales Representative
Camp Ozark Assistant Director
Charles Schwab Financial Services Representative
Chick-fil-A Day Manager
Chick-Fil-A Administrative Assistant
Clarkson Eyecare Front Desk Coordinator
Deloitte Application & Program Analyst
Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group Associate Financial Planner
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Trainee
EY Construction Superintendent
EY Regulatory Compliance Analyst
Federal Reserve Board Research Assistant
Georgia Secretary of State External Affairs Coordinator
Harapin and Beer Company Salesman
High Hampton Assistant Dining Room Manager
Hospitality South Manager
Invesco Group Services, Inc. Client Administration Representative
Los Angeles Angels Professional Baseball Player
MagMutual Data Analyst
NCR Corporation Project Manager
Oracle Business Development Consultant
Orchard Manager of Customer Experience
Prime Technical Services Inc. Sales Specialist
ProcessMiner Inc. Sales and Marketing Associate
Publix Regional Property Manager Assistant
Real Floors Account Executive
RH Community Builders Project Coordinator
SK Battery America Administrative Office Specialist
The Vanguard Group Investment Advisor
University of Georgia Administrative Assistant II
USI Insurance Services Commercial Line Representative
Wilson 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 2022 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 2022 Consumer Economics majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 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
East Carolina University Accounting, MS
San Diego State University Education and Counseling, MS
University of Georgia Finan Plan Hous and Cons Econ, Master's
University of Georgia Financial Planning and Consumer Economics, Doctorate
University of Georgia Financial Planning with Behavioral Financial Planning Emphasis, MS
University of Georgia Healthcare Administration, MHA
Washington University In St Louis Not Specified, Master's
* denotes no responses received.