Jobs for economists limited
Economists tend to stay in the job for a long time, so vacancies are rare.
According to the Census, 546 economists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Chances strongest for economists with experience
Opportunities are best for economists who have:
- five or more years' experience
- proven analytical, research and communication skills.
You can increase your chances of finding work as an economist by working several years as a data analyst for local government or a private company.
Types of employers varied
Economists work for:
- businesses such as economic consultancies, and finance or accountancy companies
- government departments
- local and regional councils
Many economists are self-employed, but to do this you usually need 10 or more years' experience and a good reputation.