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    Career As An Economist

    Career as an Economist

    If you are thinking about a career as an Economist, you are undoubtedly fascinated by the wide range of government policies which affect every aspect of our lives.

    With over 600 economists, the Government Economic Service (GES) is the largest employer of economists in the UK. Joining the GES as a fast stream economist will give you the opportunity to work in any of the 30 key government departments where you will have a real impact on peoples lives and a direct involvement in the decision-making process.

    What do economists do in government? They analyse trends; provide economic advice and briefing; cost policies; appraise large capital projects and evaluate research. The issues they get involved in are extremely varied: macro forecasting and modelling; overseas development programmes, competition policy, international financial issues, labour market trends; taxation; utilities regulation; public and environmental health; energy; criminal justice policy – these are just a few of the range of issues you
    could be working on.

    They give graduates uniquely high levels of responsibility at a very early stage in their career together with the expert training to get the job done. You can expect to move jobs every year or so in the first few years to broaden your skills and experience, so you’ll never get bored! After two years you can choose to move between departments which will provide you with a breadth of subject knowledge and experience unrivalled elsewhere.

    If you are considering a career as a government economist, you’ll need a first or upper second class honours degree in economics or a postgraduate degree in economics. Joint degrees are fine, provided that the major element of the degree is in economics. Candidates must also have strong analytical skills combined with excellent communication, presentation and team working skill!