|Quick Facts: Economists|
$105,630 per year
$50.79 per hour
|6% (As fast as average)|
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.
Economists typically need at least a master’s degree to enter the occupation. However, some entry-level jobs—primarily in the federal government—are available for workers with a bachelor’s degree.
The median annual wage for economists was $105,630 in May 2021.
Employment of economists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 1,400 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.
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