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Career Prospects

A WU degree is a firmly established premium brand well-known among major national and international employers. As a graduate of the WU Economics Master's Program, you find a broad range of attractive career opportunities. Typically, graduates make a quick transition from university into jobs. About 85 percent hold a job within three months after graduation. About one in five graduates successfully applies to a competitive PhD program.


Career Examples

The following recent career examples are mostly taken from our LinkedIn Group "WU Master Economics" which provides a career network for alumni and current students.

PhD placements can be found under the following link.

Economic Policy

  • Parliamentary Assistant, Council of the European Union

  • Parliamentary Assistant, Austrian Parliament

  • Economist, Financial Stability, Deutsche Bundesbank

  • Trainee at Deutsche Bundesbank

  • Junior Economist, World Bank, Washington

  • Analyst, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

  • UNIDO, Research Consultant

  • Economist, Central Bank of Malta

  • Economist, Economics and Statistics, Austrian Chamber of Labour, AK Vienna

  • Officer, Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB)

  • Officer, vida (Trade Union Transport and Services), Austria

  • Junior Economist, Austrian National Bank (OeNB)

  • Policy Analyst, Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO)

  • Capital Markets and Investor Relations, Austrian Treasury

  • Advisor, Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council (Österreichischer Fiskalrat)

  • Market Monitoring, Financial Market Authority (FMA)

  • Economist, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria

  • Economist, European Energy Policy, Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

  • Economist, Environment Agency Austria

  • Financial Sector Development at Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

  • Analyst, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

  • Junior Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

  • CFO at NGO working for refugees

  • Social Impact & Public Sector Development Lead at IOTA Foundation, Berlin

  • ecoplus. Niederösterreichs Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH

  • Project Manager, Verein für Konsumenteninformation (VKI)

Research and PhD Programs

  • PhD program, Economics, Cambridge University

  • PhD program Economics, London School of Economics

  • PhD program, Economic History, London School of Economics

  • PhD program, Department of Government, Harvard University

  • PhD program, The New School, New York

  • PhD Program, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

  • PhD Program, Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management, Frankfurt/Main

  • PhD program, Vienna Graduate School of Economics

  • PhD program, Economics, WU Vienna

  • Doctoral Researcher, KPM Center for Public Management, University of Bern

  • Doctoral Researcher, Technical University, Munich

  • Post-Doc. Researcher, Center for Economic Studies, LMU Munich

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, WU Vienna

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, WU Vienna

  • Teaching and Research Associate, Department of Global Business and Trade, WU Vienna

  • Research Associate and PhD Student, Institute for Ecological Economics, WU Vienna

  • Research Assistant, Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (University of St. Gallen)

  • Scientific Researcher, ZEW Mannheim

  • Junior Economist and Doctoral Student, Ifo-Institue, Munich

  • Researcher, German Institute of Economic Research (DIW), Berlin

  • Junior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

  • Research Staff Member, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

  • Staff Economist, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW)

  • Research Assistant, Applied Institute for International Systems Analysis (IIASA)

  • Junior Economist, IWI Vienna

  • Researcher, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

  • Researcher, Economica, Institute of Economic Research

Private Sector

  • Financial Analyst, Credit Suisse

  • Capital Management Analyse, Credit Suisse

  • Asset Manager, Deutsche Bank

  • Senior Behavioral Scientist, American International Group

  • Business Analyst, State Street Bank

  • Economist, Macquarie Group, London

  • Junior Customer Intelligence Officer, Santander Bank

  • Senior Investment Manager, MEAG, Munich

  • Business Analyst Regulatory, Degussa

  • Credit Risk Analyst, KfW, Frankfurt

  • Head of Office Austria, Corum Asset Management

  • Junior Financial Controller, swissquote

  • Business Analyst, Raiffeisenbank International

  • Economics/Fixed Income/FX Research Raiffeisenbank International

  • Group-Wide Credit Risk Data Manager, Unicredit

  • Risk Analyst, Raiffeisen Landesbank Oberöstereich

  • Risk Analyst, BAWAG Group

  • Product Manager Payment Solutions, BAWAG Group

  • Rating Methods, ERSTE Bank

  • Junior Risk Controller, ERSTE Asset Management GmbH

  • Fintech Partnerships, Raiffeisenbank International AG

  • Research Analyst, Volksbank Vienna

  • Analyst Sustainable Investments, ESG Plus GmbH

  • Consultant, FehrAdvice and Partners AG, The Behavioral Economics Design Group

  • Risk Consulting, KPMG

  • Consultant, McKinsey and Company

  • Financial Services Consulting, PwC

  • Junior Strategy Consultant, Accenture

  • Manager, Deloitte Switzerland

  • Business Analyst, Wolters Kluwer - Financial Services Solutions

  • Energy Manager at Austrian Power Grid

  • Business Development Manager, Bitpanda

  • AustrianStartups, Think Tank and Operations Lead

  • Data Scientist, A1 Telekom Austria AG

  • Data Analyst, IKEA Austria

  • Data Analyst, CHECK24

  • Digital Business Analyst, Deep Dive

  • SAP Project Administrator, Magna Automotive Services GmbH

  • IT Consultant, datenpol GmbH

  • Journalist, daily newspaper "Der Standard"

  • Researcher, SportsEconAustria

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PhD Placements