Business & Economic Development Officers and Consultants
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Business development officers and consultants conduct research, formulate policies and manage programs to stimulate industrial and commercial business investment or tourism in urban and rural areas, or to promote commercial or industrial products and services. They are employed by government departments, international organizations, and business associations or may be self-employed. (NOC)
Economic development officers (EDOs) promote economic growth in communities through initiatives such as, attracting new businesses and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses. (alis)
Business Development Officers/Executives/Managers assist companies to acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones; this means the role is a crucial one for any business with the ambition to expand or the necessity to diversify its clientele. (The Telegraph Media Group Ltd.)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Interview with Business Developer in the Technology Industry (podcast interview with transcript) - from Learn Educate Discover
- Tourism Development Officer job description - from the Province of Manitoba
- Economic Development Consultant profile - from the Government of Manitoba
- Job Profile: Tourism Officer - from UK Prospects
- Let's Talk Science career profiles: Initiatives Coordinator
- Let's Talk Science career profiles: Digital Farm Business Development
Educational requirements vary by position. A bachelor's degree in economics, commerce, business administration or public administration may be required (NOC). Students interested in this field may also consider other majors with a complimentary minor. Students are encouraged to speak with employers and view a sample of job postings to better understand employment requirements.
At the University of Manitoba, in addition to the faculties and departments below, other faculties and departments offer courses related to business, marketing, research, leisure and tourism.
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit the faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Agribusiness & Ag. Economics - Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
- Asper School of Business
- Department of Economics - Faculty of Arts
- Masters of Public Administration - Graduate Studies
Exploring Other Education Options
Information for foreign-trained Business Development Officers - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Canada's Best Jobs 2018: The Top 25 - Economic Development Director (#22) - Canadian Business magazine
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Economic Developers Association of Canada - Manitoba branch
- Canadian Community Economic Development (CED) Network
- Manitoba Regional Network
- Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando)
- National Business Development Association (U.S.)
- Travel and Tourism Research Association - Canada branch
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Canadian Community Economic Development Network - member directory
- Association of Manitoba Municipalities
- Association of Manitoba Bilinguals Municipalities
- Manitoba Chamber of Commerce
- Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations listing - from the Manitoba Government
- Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:
- Community Economic Development - Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives
- Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM)
- Economic Development Winnipeg
- Tourism Winnipeg
- Destination Canada - crown corporation that markets Canada internationally
- Travel Manitoba
- Manitoba Tourism Education Council- includes tourism training sessions
- International Economic Development Council
- Private Sector and Business Development - consultant opportunities with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- United Nations World Tourism Organization