|Quick Facts: Economists|
$104,340 per year
$50.16 per hour
|8% (Faster than 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.
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.
The median annual wage for economists was $104,340 in May 2018.
Employment of economists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those with a master’s degree or Ph.D., strong analytical skills, and experience using statistical analysis software.
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