Individuals, business firms and governments face daily decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. The choices are extensive and range from which career to seek, workers to hire, goods to produce and policies to implement. Economics is the study of this critical decision-making behavior. It is a mode of thinking and reasoning with widespread application.
The skills that employers value most highly are the ability to think critically and carefully, the ability to learn new skills and the ability to solve problems. Some vocations may require very specific skills (for example, knowledge of a particular computer software package). However, skill requirements change over time. The need for people who can think, learn and solve problems is timeless. Economics hones these time-honored abilities.
For more information about undergraduate Economics degree options at Montana State University, visit the departmental page here.
For more information on graduate-level Economics at Montana State University, visit this page.
The American Economic Association also has a collection of useful resources for students, which is available here.