How to become an economist
Pathways to this career
- Complete an undergraduate course in commerce or economics. A 3-year bachelor's degree will kickstart your career as an economist. However, studying an honours year looks great on your resume.
- Already have a commerce degree? A postgraduate qualification will help you hone in on your passions and specialise as an economist.
- Join an industry association, such as The Economic Society of Australia to ensure you're always up-to-date industry news.
What does an economist do?
Duties and tasks
- Analyse relationships between supply and demand and production and distribution of goods.
- Apply economic theories to real-world financial projects.
- Develop economic policy approaches and recommendations for companies, governments, and other organisations.
- Forecast economic trends and market growths and shrinkages.
- Give advice on financial planning, taxes, budgeting, and other economic matters.
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