Economics » Career Opportunities
Employers value students who have studied some form of economics, mainly for their understanding of decision-making and research and analytical skills. These can form the basis of many jobs and careers that merely require an understanding of contemporary issues. You do not need to go on to become an Economist.
Economics can lead into the following careers
Economists are interested in the factors that influence the well-being of people and aim to find solutions to improve people's standard of living. This includes studying how financial, labour and trade markets are organised and how they interact.
Policy analysts gather and analyse information to assist in the planning, development, interpretation and review of government or industrial policies.
Actuaries predict and assess the financial risks and impacts of future events. They work in areas such as insurance, superannuation, investment and any other field where future financial risks need to be evaluated and managed.
Sharebrokers buy and sell stocks and bonds, such as shares in companies listed on the stock exchange, on behalf of clients.
Financial advisers look at a client's personal or lifestyle situation and objectives, help identify their cash flow management and insurance needs, and give advice to help the client protect and build assets.
Financial consultants work with companies or individuals to plan for their financial futures by offering information and guidance on topics that include taxes, investments and insurance decisions.
A financial analyst is a person who performs financial analysis for external or internal clients as a core part of the job.
Underwriters study insurance applications and make decisions on the terms and conditions of new insurance policies.
Receiverships and liquidations accountants are concerned with receivership and liquidation when a company has failed, or with providing advice to companies who are in financial strife.
Merchandise managers buy and arrange products in-store to maximise sales.
Foreign policy officers represent New Zealand's interests overseas and provide policy advice to the Government on foreign affairs and trade issues.
Career consultants assist individuals and groups with their career decision-making, and may assist with an individual's self-development and job search.