How to become a Economist

Economists perform economic research and analysis, and develop and apply theories relating to the production and distribution of goods and services and people's spending behaviour. Economists advise and provide forecasts to governments and businesses on matters such as taxation levels, wages and prices, employment and unemployment, imports and exports, and interest and exchange rates. They investigate international or national economic situations, or particular features such as industries or regions.

Personal requirements of a Economist

  • Able to think logically and analytically
  • Able to discuss views clearly
  • Able to write concisely
  • Good at mathematics and statistical analysis

Education & Training for a Economist

To become an economist you usually have to complete a degree in economics at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 8.9%

NSW 37%

NT 0.6%

QLD 6.9%

SA 3.7%

TAS 0%

VIC 37.3%

WA 5.6%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 75.4%

Female 24.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 47.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.9%

Above 35 years: 77.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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