Economist Ngaio Ōhanga

Economists analyse financial, labour and trade markets, and predict or explain economic events.

Economists may do some or all of the following, depending on their area of specialisation:

  • collect, study and analyse information on the economy or a specific part of the economy
  • make predictions on the economy or parts of the economy based on their research
  • develop economic policies and plans
  • use computer software to predict economic behaviour
  • study and explain economic events
  • advise the Government and businesses
  • write reports and give presentations.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for economists includes:

  • work as a data analyst
  • public speaking.

Personal Qualities

Economists need to be:

  • accurate and organised
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to keep information private
  • good at analysing and interpreting figures
  • excellent at communicating
  • excellent at problem-solving
  • able to write reports
  • able to present information.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for economists includes:

  • work as a data analyst
  • public speaking.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, economics, social studies, and maths.

Economists can earn around $40K-$65K per year per year.

Economists may progress to work as academics, business managers or economic strategists.

Economists may specialise in researching a particular area, such as:

  • health
  • infrastructure
  • regional economies
  • labour markets.
Economist