Economists & Economic Policy Analysts
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Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts conduct research, monitor data, analyze information and prepare reports and plans to resolve economic and business problems and develop models to analyze, explain and forecast economic behaviour and patterns. They advise on matters such as finance, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade, agricultural and natural resource commodities and labour and industrial markets. They are employed by government departments and agencies and throughout the private sector in associations, unions, research organizations, banks and investment firms. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - detailed occupational information (U.S.)
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- A Day in the Life of an Economist - The Princeton Review
- Environmental Economist career profile - ECO Canada
- Day in the Life of an Economist - Investopedia
- What Can I Do With My Economics Degree? - profiles of grads from TalentEgg.ca
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Labour market information
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- Canada Job Bank - Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Economics and Social Sciences Group Annual Rates of Pay from the Government of Canada
- What economists can expect to earn in different fields - American Economic Association
- Survey of the Labor Market for new Economics Ph.D. hires - from University of Arkansas
- Salary Survey (2014) - National Association for Business Economics
- I want to be an economist. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available. This is a great way to learn and network!
- Canadian Economics Association
- Canadian Economics Association - Affiliated Organizations
- Economic Developers Association of Canada
- Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
- Canadian Association for Business Economics
- Canadian Society for Ecological Economics
- Canadian Centre for Health Economics
- American Economic Association
- National Association for Business Economics (U.S.)
- National Association of Forensic Economics
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 Bankers Association - member banks
- List of Canadian Think Tanks - from McGill University
- Think Tank Search - from Harvard Kennedy School
- Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centres in the World (EDIRC) - Research Division of the Federal Bank of St. Louis
- Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) - members list
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