In general, economists:
- devise systems for collecting economic and statistical data regarding economic resources, how those resources are utilized, and the production and distribution of goods and services
- develop models for projecting economic and related activities
- compile, analyze and interpret results from a wide range of economic data and activity
- help others interpret economic data
- write reports to inform policy development and decision-making in government or business.
The work is essentially interpretive and analytical in nature, with an increasing emphasis on analyzing and comparing data from other economies as well as Canada's economy, and on evaluating the costs and benefits associated with alternative courses of action. Specific duties vary depending on the economist's area of specialization and employer.
Economists may specialize in various areas, including money and banking, consumer economics, financial economics, public finance, monetary and fiscal policy, international trade and finance, industrial organization, natural resource or environmental economics, health, labour, urban and regional, or agricultural economics.
Information on economist jobs
Other students build successful careers by pursuing advanced designations in the financial industries. Many students take advanced courses in securities, derivitives, financial planning, or insurance. Interested students should visit the following sites:
Working while still at school
Arts Work Experience offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain 4, 8, 12 or even 16 months of paid work experience before graduation! Some examples of AWE employers that have targeted Economics students to fill coop work terms include: ATB Financial, BMO Group, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, FirstEnergy Capital Corp., Kraft Canada, Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd., PCL Constructors Inc., Scotiabank, and St. Albert Economic Development. Read about Crystal Ren, BA (Economics) ’14, and her 8 month AWE work term with ZCL Composites. Crystal went on to complete a second 4 month work term with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets and work as a Staff Consultant, Performance Improvement with EY Advisory in Calgary.
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