What do LSE Economics graduates do?

In 2014/15, 96.36% of leavers from the Department of Economics were in employment, completing further study or doing something else six months after graduation.

The top employment sectors for Economics graduates were:

The median starting salary of graduates from the Economics department working full time in the UK was £36,250 in 2014/15.  

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

Graduate profiles

View Department of Economics graduate 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