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I enjoy economics, chemistry/physics, and philosophy in that order. I convinced myself to major in chemical engineering because it's the most practical and has the best chance of employment after college. However, I'm having second thoughts now as I find myself reading econ papers and listening to economics podcasts all the time, but not doing the same with any other field.
I go to a large state university (on a full ride) in the D.C area, and I'm unsure of whether the switch from chemical engineering to economics would be wise given my university's ranking. I know engineering firms don't care too much about rankings (my school is also ranked top 20 engineering), but economics job applicants are ranked more heavily by the prestige of the undergrad institution. I want to switch to economics, but it's hard to find reliable data on employment data for econ majors. I know a lot of data is purposefully created to mislead people. For example, 99% employment rate doesn't mean that the people actually got jobs in economics related fields. Alas, most of the degree-holders may be waiting tables for all the data shows.
However, chemical engineering graduates generally get jobs, and they're valued in finance and other quantitative fields in the business world.
So what are the job prospects for individuals with a econ/math double major? What kind of jobs is it reasonable for these people to expect? Thanks CC