Beyond interest rates and financial markets, today’s economists focus on improving our quality of life and influencing change for people, profits, and the planet. Their deep knowledge of finance, international relations, and public policy—and passion for business sustainability, ethical practices, and new technologies—means they understand how the world works. As an Economist, your studies of human behaviour and market dynamics will empower you to impact the world.
Discover a career path rich in opportunity, with roles as diverse as Macroeconomist, Economic Reporter, Property Economist, Statistician or Senior Market Analyst.
In this world-shaping career, you'll use your analytical skills for good to evaluate the economic factors driving global economies and financial markets. Armed with data from socio-economic groups, industries, and economies, you’ll advise businesses and governments on how to make informed decisions on policies and investments.
As an Economic Analyst, you'll spend your days investigating why financial markets react the way they do. Or as a Financial Risk Analyst, you'll be predicting how the future will be impacted by economic changes, and advise how to create a different outcome.
*Source: Labour Market Insights
**Source: Labour Market Insights
Rated as the top skills for the future, strategic thinking and problem solving make economics graduates highly sought after by banks, accounting practices, consulting firms, businesses, and government.
A combined economics degree with environmental science, psychology, finance, or politics can open up a range of diverse careers such as environmental economist, journalist, academic, or economic forecaster. Postgraduate studies will give you an even greater competitive edge.
Take your highly transferable skills and knowledge of economic concepts and principles into the public and private sectors, government departments, financial institutions, private consulting firms, not-for-profits, or commercial organisations.
Graduate future-ready for tomorrow’s workforce with our Work Integrated Learning and industry placement programs. Flinders' strong industry ties connect you to industry leaders, including prestige firms and professional bodies across all sectors.
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Immerse yourself in a real-world business environment at the New Venture Institute and Flinders Business Trading Room.
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Graduate ahead of the game with industry accreditation and the qualifications to apply for membership with professional bodies.
Get real-world experience and develop networks through Work Integrated Learning and industry placement programs.
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Learn how Flinders Uni's finance students get first-hand experience of market concepts and behaviours through simulated investing and analysis of market opportunities.
In August 2022, Flinders University's Dr Rong Zhu was awarded the 2022 SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award recognising young scholars’ contributions to research, communication and community engagement.
A panel of Flinders researchers and industry leaders talk about innovative ways to approach interest rates, superannuation and our financial health in general.
Our incredible teaching and professional staff are experts in their fields and well-connected to industry.
Associate Professor, College of Business, Government and Law: Dr Ilke Onur
Ilke holds a Ph.D. and M.S. Economics from University of Texas; and a B.A. in Economics & B.S in Mathematics from Koc University.
His research field is applied microeconomics and he has published numerous academic articles with multiple successful grant applications, from the Australian Centre for Financial Studies, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), the Regional Australia Institute, iMove CRC, and an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.
Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law: Dr Rong Zhu
Rong is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).
His research areas include labour, education, and health economics and has been published in Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization, Journal of Population Economics, Economics of Education Review, Health Economics, Labour Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Oxford Economic Papers, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and Social Science & Medicine.
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator: Ms Kahlene Michalenny
Kahlene has a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Flinders University where she learned first-hand the value of undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement. Kahlene's WIL experience saw her transition from student to working professional with her WIL employer in her final study year.
Kahlene is passionate about supporting current students to have valuable WIL experiences within the College of Business, Government & Law.
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If you want to impact your world, as an economist you'll be driving positive change. The study of economics gives you analytical, strategic, and decision-making skills which are transferable across a diverse range of roles within the private and public sectors—at home and abroad.
Technically economics is a social science, however economists still require a solid foundation in maths, including algebra, calculus, and statistics.
The study of economics will teach you how to analyse and provide business solutions to today's economic problems (recession, unemployment, and sustainable practices). You'll have an enviable skillset that could lead to a lucrative career in government, trade unions, financial firms, private consulting firms, international organisations, commercial organisations, and not-for-profits.
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