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A master's or Ph.D. degree in economics is required for many private sector economist jobs and for advancement to higher-level positions. In the Federal Government, candidates for entry-level economist positions must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 21 semester hours of economics and 3 hours of statistics, accounting, or calculus, or a combination of education and experience.

Fox Valley Technical College
(202) 347-5610
401 9th St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Career Technical Institute
(202) 552-3060
2131 K St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Mccarthy & Company
(703) 671-4300
4201 32nd RD S
Arlington, VA
 
Career Technical Institute
(202) 552-3060
2131 K St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Jobs for America's Graduates - DC
(202) 580-6550
1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC
 
Stratfor
(703) 469-2182
1025 N Irving St
Arlington, VA
 
Fox Valley Technical College
(202) 347-5610
401 9th St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Jobs for America's Graduates - DC
(202) 580-6550
1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC
 

Economist Jobs

Most Significant Source of Postsecondary Education or Training
Master's degree
Source: U.S. Department of Labor


In-Depth Look at Education & Training

Some entry-level positions for economists are available to those with a bachelor's degree, but higher degrees are required for many positions. Prospective economists need good quantitative skills.

Education and training. A master's or Ph.D. degree in economics is required for many private sector economist jobs and for advancement to higher-level positions. In the Federal Government, candidates for entry-level economist positions must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 21 semester hours of economics and 3 hours of statistics, accounting, or calculus, or a combination of education and experience.

Economics includes numerous specialties at the graduate level, such as econometrics, international economics, and labor economics. Students should select graduate schools that are strong in the specialties that interest them. Some schools help graduate students find internships or part-time employment in government agencies, economic consulting or research firms, or financial institutions before graduation.

Undergraduate economics majors can choose from a variety of courses, ranging from microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics to more philosophical courses, such as the history of economic thought. Because of the importance of quantitative skills to economists, courses in mathematics, statistics, econometrics, sampling theory and survey design, and computer science are extremely helpful.

Whether working in government, industry, research organizations, or consulting firms, economists with a bachelor's degree usually qualify for entry-level positions as a research assistant, for marketing or finance positions, or for various sales jobs. A master's degree usually is required to qualify for more responsible research and administrative positions. A Ph.D. is necessary for top economist positions in many organizations.

Aspiring economists should gain experience gathering and analyzing data, conducting interviews or surveys, and writing reports on their findings while in college. This experience can prove invaluable later in obtaining a full-time position in the field because much of the economist's work, especially in the beginning, may center on these duties. With experience, economists eventually are assigned their own research projects. Related job experience, such as work as a stock or bond trader, might be advantageous.

Other qualifications. Those considering careers as economists should be able to pay attention to details because much time is spen...

Economists

Overview of Education & Training

93.3% 5.6% 1.1%
College or Higher
Some College
High School or Less

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