I want to work in … Economics


An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow
why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

Peter J. Laurence

What do economists do?

Economists provide specialist advice to organisations in the public, finance, manufacturing political and other sectors. They apply economic theory and knowledge to analyse data, forecast future trends and recommend ways to improve efficiency or plan future activities.
For detailed profiles of an economist, see:

How do I become an economist?

You will need:


plus (ideally)

Only about 3% of Economics graduates start work as economists immediately after graduating, the majority of these in the Government Economic Service. Most economic consultancies will require a postgraduate degree and a much higher proportion of Masters graduates will enter specialised economist roles.

Conversion courses for non-Economics graduates


Professional Bodies and Further sources of information:


Also see our What can I do with a degree in Economics? page

  Last fully updated 2016