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What Economists Do
Economists collect and analyze data, research trends, and evaluate economic issues for resources, goods, and services.
Although the majority of economists work independently in an office, many collaborate with other economists and statisticians. Most economists work full time during regular business hours, but occasionally they work overtime to meet deadlines.
How to Become an Economist
Most economists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. However, some entry-level jobs—primarily in the federal government—are available for workers with a bachelor’s degree.
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About $tools.number.format('#,###',$op) openings for economists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
State & Area Data
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Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of economists with similar occupations.
More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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