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    Will an economics degree still be valued by employers now that so much emphasis is placed on STEM subjects and so many people are doing economics degree (hence making it less "unique")?

    Or will Economics still continue to be one of the top degrees to get?
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    Hi there Storeypj.

    I think any academic degree you wish to pursue would be valued by an employer. Personally I think an economics degree is a highly respectable academic discipline and any employer would be lucky to have you. It teaches you interpersonal skills, it's numerate, as well as teaching you how to write constructively.

    I think I have a nice source you might like to show you that you're degree still is unique it's:

    http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowP...ects/p!edcfXFX

    in this, it showed that only 6555 people graduated in 2004 / 05, which isn't quite a lot. I'd imagine economics is quite a challenging degree because of this. Although it's 2013 now, and the graph shows that there is an increase in economics graduates, I doubt it would have changed so much over the past 7 / 8 years.

    I think its a fantastic degree.
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    Hi Storeypj,

    I think an economics degree will always work and you won't make a bad choice for your career. Studying a STEM subject however provides you with skills which are more difficult to obtain and thus very valueable for companies. That's also the reason why STEM students hardly have problems finding a job after graduating - their learned skill set already qualifies them.

    In terms of money I think that STEMs have an easier start in their career but a lot of them get suck in lower positions as they either don't want to or cannot get a management position.

    Personally I think economics is a degree for people who know how to sell themselves. And no, I don't mean that in a bad way.
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    Economics will ALWAYS be highly respected by employers and the general public. I remember when similar scare stories appeared surrounding Computer Science degrees about six/eight years ago, yet Computer Science is going as strong as ever.
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    STEM has nothing to do with how a degree is regarded - it just that those types of degrees produce educated people in fields that the government (imo rightly so) deems important for the economy.
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    Regardless of whether Economics loses ground against STEM subjects (which i don't think it will) it will still have a lot more prestige associated with it than a substitute such as Business or Management.

    Economics to the layman is almost as prestigious as law in my opinion, the assumption being that if you study either of them you are highly intelligent.
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    Regardless of whether Economics loses ground against STEM subjects (which i don't think it will) it will still have a lot more prestige associated with it than a substitute such as Business or Management.

    Economics to the layman is almost as prestigious as law in my opinion, the assumption being that if you study either of them you are highly intelligent.
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    Hi there Storeypj.

    I think any academic degree you wish to pursue would be valued by an employer. Personally I think an economics degree is a highly respectable academic discipline and any employer would be lucky to have you. It teaches you interpersonal skills, it's numerate, as well as teaching you how to write constructively.

    I think I have a nice source you might like to show you that you're degree still is unique it's:

    http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowP...ects/p!edcfXFX

    in this, it showed that only 6555 people graduated in 2004 / 05, which isn't quite a lot. I'd imagine economics is quite a challenging degree because of this. Although it's 2013 now, and the graph shows that there is an increase in economics graduates, I doubt it would have changed so much over the past 7 / 8 years.

    I think its a fantastic degree.
    http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/th...istics/e3h.htm

    This suggests that the number has not increased significantly (assuming some drop out) and with the higher fees resulting in lower university demand it's possible that we could have less graduates in 2015 than 2005.
 
 
 
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