How to become an economist

Use research and data to identify trends and offer advice on issues that impact business and society.

Pathways to this career

  1. 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.
  2. Already have a commerce degree? A postgraduate qualification will help you hone in on your passions and specialise as an economist.
  3. 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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