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How Do I Start a Career in Managerial Economics?

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A career in managerial economics is slightly different than a traditional career in economics. In the former career type, individuals most likely work as an analyst or decision maker based on a company’s business activity. To start a career in managerial economics, an individual needs a degree in economics, an understanding of economic applications for business, and strong mathematical or quantitative skills. Fortunately, many different educational institutions offer degree programs that relate specifically to managerial economics. Another idea for this career path is to look at potential jobs in the future to determine the requirements for each type.

In most cases, a formal college education is almost a requirement for individuals looking to start careers in managerial economics. In some cases, a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in economics is sufficient for this career path. Other times, a more advanced degree is necessary, such as a master’s degree or PhD in economics. With these latter two degrees, individuals can usually select specific concentrations, such as managerial economics, economic theory, or agronomics. These advanced degrees allow for an individual to focus his or her career path on just one part of the broad field of economics.

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Managerial economics can be slightly or widely different than standard economics depending on the necessary business applications. With this in mind, an individual needs a basic understanding of managerial economic applications at the very least. Managerial economics often has some very universal models that allow companies to determine certain figures in a business. For example, marginal cost and marginal revenue are some of the most common models found in this branch of economics. An individual needs an understanding and training in these economic areas in order to start and maintain a career path.

Economics can be very heavy with mathematical or quantitative models; therefore, an individual needs to be comfortable with these skills. Not all individuals may come naturally to the mathematics or quantitative skills involved. As one progresses through the degrees at an educational institution, however, he or she can develop the skills required for these specific areas. Taking additional classes on certain types of mathematical or quantitative models can help an individual learn the specific techniques best used in this area. In some cases, managerial economics may not be as heavy into mathematics or quantitative models as other types of economics, making the career path slightly less technical than others.

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