Professional economist

Professional economist

“A professional economist produces rigorous, relevant and impactful economic analysis to drive decision-making at all levels”

As a professional economist, your work will typically involve identifying a question of interest that affects your organisation, approaching it by analysing data, interpreting this by drawing on a knowledge of economic theory or making informed predictions about the future, and communicating any findings with clarity. You could find yourself analysing the comparative benefits of investing in new transport lines, hospitals, or schools; advising clients on their likely market size and share, such as predicting the number of mobile phones they can expect to sell; helping to write the government’s budget or advising the Bank of England on interest rate policy; or advising organisations on the economic impact of climate or technological change and what their business or policy response should be. At the professional economist level, you’ll likely work for a more senior economist as part of a team. On completion, you’ll achieve a professional economist degree.

Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths

Entry requirements: Three A-levels or equivalent relevant level 3 qualifications, including maths or a willingness to improve maths capability to this level

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £40,000 per annum

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