What do LSE Economics graduates do?

In 2012/1395% of undergraduate leavers and 93% of postgraduate leavers six months after graduating from the Department of Economics were in employment, completing further study or taking time out .

The top employment sectors for Economics graduates were:

  • banking,
  • accountancy & taxation,
  • business and management consultancy, and
  • local and national government.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Economics department in 2012/13 was £40,600 for undergraduates, and £31,200 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Economics degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.  

Employability skills

Studying within the Economics department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:

  • Analytical skills: undertaking inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Strategic thinking: conceptualising and identifying the critical issues for economies, businesses and individuals
  • Commercial and political awareness: understanding issues such as employment and the distribution of income, business cycles and growth and the different economic policies favoured by the main political parties
  • Excellent communication skills: summarising complicated information and explaining what specific statistical data demonstrates
  • Numerical skills: developing a thorough understanding of complex mathematical and statistical techniques
  • Framing and Problem-solving: becoming adept at identifying and understanding a problem, including recognising the parameters of the problem, selecting and testing evidence and subsequently constructing suitable solutions within a given time or word-limit
  • Adaptability: economists are adept at forecasting, responding to and planning for unexpected or anticipated events