Find Your Niche: Types of Industries in Applied Economics

Economics touches nearly every aspect of modern society. That’s why we love it when people ask, “Why is it important to study applied economics?” Our faculty, alumni, and students make a difference across industries and the globe with Dyson’s deep expertise in finance, consulting, technology, consumer packaged goods, agribusiness, and other areas.

After Dyson: Industries and Outcomes

The practical skills you’ll develop at Dyson will prepare you for success at companies of all sizes in industries of all kinds. Our alumni are particularly well-equipped for careers in finance, consulting, technology, and consumer packaged goods.

Financial Services 

Solid analytical skills, a knack for math, and strong market knowledge help organizations and individuals make sound financial decisions. Our alumni take this expertise to areas like investment banking, wealth management, and accounting consulting.

Example roles in financial services include:

  • Commercial Real Estate Analyst
  • Global Markets Analyst
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Sales & Trading Analyst


Organizational analysis. Research and reasoning. Leadership and strategy. The versatile skills you gain at Dyson can lead to management consulting positions at some of the world’s most prestigious firms, including Deloitte, Oliver Wyman, and EY.

Example roles in consulting include:

  • Business Consultant
  • Corporate Growth Associate
  • Strategy Insights & Planning Associate
  • Business Operations Analyst


An innovative business education means learning from faculty with expertise in emerging and evolving specialties like enterprise resource management and data analytics. These practical skills lead to careers in the tech sector and beyond. 

Example roles in technology include:

  • Data Analyst
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Vendor Manager
  • Associate Engagement Manager

Consumer Packaged Goods

From e-commerce to specialty brick-and-mortar shops, shoppers have more choices than ever. Dyson grads take their supply chain, consumer behavior, marketing, and product management knowledge to big brands and retailers like SC Johnson, L’Oréal, and Amazon.

Example roles in consumer goods include:

  • Business Development Associate
  • Acquisitions Analyst 
  • Product Development
  • Sales Analysis Associate 
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Dyson's Connection to Agribusiness

Part of what makes the Dyson community unique is its history with and connection to agriculture. The Land Grant mission helped shape our culture of engagement with the society. This has helped define the nature of our program, which is reflected in our ethos of our business is a better world. The school began in 1911 with an agricultural economics discipline, and today that correlates to our expertise in agribusiness, food and agricultural economics, management, environmental and resource economics, and international and development economics. Throughout its history, Dyson’s home in Warren Hall on the Ag Quad in Ithaca, New York, has connected students to its agricultural roots. These students go on to bring this experience to many industries and it sets them apart from other applicants when entering the workforce.

Dyson Graduates Stand Out Among Applicants

The versatility of an applied economics and management (AEM) degree alone is attractive to hiring managers. But when employers encounter a Dyson graduate, they take extra notice.

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“We find that Dyson offers a strong, collaborative experience for students, one that aligns well with SC Johnson’s company ethos. The experience and knowledge from these diverse-background students drive our undergraduate finance internship program, working on impactful projects, and lead to beginning a successful finance career within our Finance Rotation Program.” –Travis Whitcomb, Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis, SC Johnson

Dyson Alumni Make a Difference Everywhere

The vast diversity of applied economics and management jobs available today means you’ll find Dyson alumni in nearly every industry and sector, at start-ups, family businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

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Using Industry Expertise for Good

Our faculty members are deeply invested in teaching—and also committed to using their curiosity and creativity to advance their industries and address pressing societal issues. Their original research in areas like finance, technology, consulting, and consumer packaged goods contributes to a growing body of knowledge.

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Success After Dyson

Dyson alumni report time and again how their rich and immersive academic experience prepared them for meaningful careers. Long after they leave Dyson, our alumni remain active in the Cornell community. They serve on advisory boards, mentor students, provide internship opportunities, and even hire recent graduates.

Kate Naldony ’06

CEO at Bandier
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Biography for Kate Naldony ’06

“The Dyson program prepared me for the real-world business challenges ahead. In addition to the rich classroom experience, the campus life, programming, and extracurriculars allowed me to build soft skills for tough situations.” – Kate Naldony ’06, Head of Operations, PVH Americas/Head of Innovation

Stephanie Evans ’10

Founder of Pamoja, Sr. Product Manager at Tapestry
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Biography for Stephanie Evans ’10

“The analytic rigor of the Dyson program allowed me to differentiate myself when I launched my career in fashion retail post-graduation, quickly identifying product trends and opportunities. Today, as an entrepreneur, I find myself utilizing a lot of the things I picked up and learned from the core business courses, from Accounting to Marketing.” – Stephanie Evans ’10, Founder of Pamoja, Sr. Product Manager at Tapestry

Kristina Anderson ’03

Director of Commerce Partnerships, Google
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Biography for Kristina Anderson ’03

“The opportunity to apply core economics principles differentiates the Dyson experience. Learning and applying finance, business statistics, and economics principles to class projects and case studies was directly translatable to my first job as a management consultant.” – Kristina Anderson ’03, Director of Commerce Partnerships, Google

Karina Popovich ’22

Head of Impact at Makers for Change, Founder of Makers for COVID-19
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Biography for Karina Popovich ’22

“You get a powerful network. Being a senior I am in awe at the realization that my classmates will be future CEOs, investors, and decision-makers. Dyson's biggest gift to me was a network of bright peers.” – Karina Popovich ’22, Head of Impact at Makers for Change, Founder of Makers for COVID-19

Why Study Applied Economics: A Flexible, Marketable Degree

The breadth and depth of our undergraduate AEM degree means gaining in-demand skills transferable across industries and specialized knowledge in a concentration area (or two). Our graduate programs are equally customizable to fit your professional goals.