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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Social Scientists and Related Occupations

Economists

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Significant Points
  • Slower-than-average job growth is expected as the vast majority of bachelor’s degree holders in economics find employment in closely related fields, such as business, finance, or insurance.
  • Candidates who hold a master’s or Ph.D. degree in economics will have the best employment prospects and advancement opportunities; some entry-level positions are available to those with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Quantitative skills are important in all economics specialties.
Nature of the Work

Economists study how society distributes resources, such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery, to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect ...

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