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Economists study complex data and statistics and use this to deliver predictions of future trends.

Average salary*




How to become an economist

There are a number of routes that can lead to a career as an economist but most will require a degree or equivalent in economics or a related subject like business studies, maths or physics.

Many employers will also look for candidates with postgraduate qualifications such as a Masters in Economics.

What does an economist do?

  • Gathering information from multiple sourcesGathering and analysing huge amounts of data from sources including government figures, publications, web-based research and industry surveys.
  • Researching and understanding economic models and trends
  • Using computer programs to analyse data collected
  • Meeting with colleagues and clients to share information
  • Preparing reports explaining the potential economic impact of different decisions
  • Making presentations to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Preparing forecasts that enable organisations to plan the allocation of resources
  • Predicting future market requirements
  • Establishing training or investment requirements
  • Assessing the feasibility of a proposed project 
  • Working standard office hours, Monday to Friday
  • Likely to be occasions when it is necessary to work late, particularly in more senior roles.


  • Newly trained economists can earn in the region of £25,000-£30,000
  • Trained with experience economists can earn in the region of £40,000-£55,000
  • Senior, chartered or master economists can earn in the region of £60,000-£85,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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