Business or Economics Degree

<p>Would a business or economics degree in combination with an engineering degree open up more opportunities in terms of jobs in the future (4-6 years later)?</p>

<p>and do people usually go for MBA right after they get an undergraduate degree?</p>

<p>unlimitedx - I'm sure you're going to get divergent opinions on this. I think it largely depends on what you plan to do with your education. If you want to work for the World Bank advising third world countries on development then Economics. If you want to head up a division of IBM then Business. Same thing on timing of an MBA. If you want to work for a consulting firm by all means get it immediately after your undergraduate degree. But if you're going to work for, say Intel, then you might want to work for a couple of years to familiarize yourself with the company and industry before tackling the MBA. Not only will the coursework be more meaningful, but there's an excellent chance that the company will pay for the courses!</p>

<p>I have A BBA in Accounting;thus, I will give you my biased point of view.</p>

<p>If you major in either accounting or finance, there are a lot of job opportunities for those majors. Other types of business majors have less job prospects. I would probably choose economics over most other types of business majors other than accounting and finance. </p>

<p>Also, as was said above, economists do different jobs than that of accountants. Economics involve more papers and more economic studies while accounting and finance involve more mathematical problem type of homework.</p>

<p>Frankly, I feel the ideal is what Claremont McKinna College does, which is sort of a duel major in both economics and accounting. However, other good choices would be accounting and computer applications or accounting and finance. I, personally, would not recommend management or marketing as an undergraduate major. For graduate school, these might be fine however.</p>

<p>Other business specialties with excellent job prospects: marketing research, MIS, real estate(high quality finance oriented), supply chain mgt., actuary.</p>

<p>Yes, I forgot about real estate ,but surprisingly that major isn't offered in a lot of places. </p>

<p>Actuarial science isn't usually a business major but is normally found in math departments. However, it can be in a business school, and it can be a good major as far as job prospects.</p>

<p>I don't know much about supply chain since that is a relatively new undergraduate major.</p>