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Overview

All Economists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 33% female Gender Share

Economists perform economic research and analysis, develop and apply theories about production and distribution of goods and services and people's spending and financial behaviour, and provide advice to governments and organisations on economic policy issues.

Also known as: Economic Analyst.

Specialisations: Agricultural Economist, Econometrician, Economic Forecaster, Environmental Economist, Health Economist, Labour Market Economist, Mineral Economist, Taxation Economist.

You need a bachelor degree in economics to work as an Economist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • analysing interrelationships between economic variables and studying the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies, expenditure, taxation and other budgetary policies on the economy and the community
  • researching, analysing and assessing the effects of labour market programs and industry policies and programs on economic growth, welfare, education and training
  • investigating international and national economic situations, and particular features such as industries, regions and socioeconomic groups
  • studying workplace issues such as enterprise bargaining and wage fixation, and the effect of workplace policies on productivity and economic growth
  • analysing trends and advising on economic issues such as taxation levels, prices, employment and unemployment, imports and exports, and interest and exchange rates
  • forecasting changes in the economic environment for short-term budgeting, long-term planning and investment evaluation
  • formulating recommendations, policies and plans for the economy, corporate strategies and investment, and undertaking feasibility studies for projects
  • preparing reports on research findings

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in economics to work as an Economist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Economists who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and can work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    89% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Economics and accounting

    83% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    63% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Computers and electronics

    59% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Geography

    52% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  8. Law and government

    48% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    45% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  10. Psychology

    44% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  11. History and archeology

    42% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  12. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  13. Communications and media

    38% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Sales and marketing

    33% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Philosophy and theology

    33% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Clerical

    30% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Systems analysis

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  8. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  13. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    73% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  10. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  11. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Memorization

    39% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  18. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    37% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    94% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Researching and investigating

    84% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    83% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Explaining things to people

    82% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  7. Giving expert advice

    80% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  8. Thinking creatively

    77% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    76% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Training and teaching others

    74% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  11. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Communicating with the public

    71% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    71% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Working with computers

    70% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Guiding and directing staff

    56% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    43% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3011.00 - Economists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    91% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    86% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time sitting

    86% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    82% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Telephone

    82% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Competition

    79% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  10. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Contact with people

    72% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  13. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  15. Frequent decision making

    67% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Teamwork

    63% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    57% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Contact with the public

    52% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    52% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Consequence of error

    48% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    33% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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All Economists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 33% female Gender Share

Economists perform economic research and analysis, develop and apply theories about production and distribution of goods and services and people's spending and financial behaviour, and provide advice to governments and organisations on economic policy issues.

Also known as: Economic Analyst.

Specialisations: Agricultural Economist, Econometrician, Economic Forecaster, Environmental Economist, Health Economist, Labour Market Economist, Mineral Economist, Taxation Economist.

You need a bachelor degree in economics to work as an Economist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • analysing interrelationships between economic variables and studying the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies, expenditure, taxation and other budgetary policies on the economy and the community
  • researching, analysing and assessing the effects of labour market programs and industry policies and programs on economic growth, welfare, education and training
  • investigating international and national economic situations, and particular features such as industries, regions and socioeconomic groups
  • studying workplace issues such as enterprise bargaining and wage fixation, and the effect of workplace policies on productivity and economic growth
  • analysing trends and advising on economic issues such as taxation levels, prices, employment and unemployment, imports and exports, and interest and exchange rates
  • forecasting changes in the economic environment for short-term budgeting, long-term planning and investment evaluation
  • formulating recommendations, policies and plans for the economy, corporate strategies and investment, and undertaking feasibility studies for projects
  • preparing reports on research findings

You need a bachelor degree in economics to work as an Economist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Economists who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and can work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    89% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Economics and accounting

    83% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    63% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Computers and electronics

    59% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Geography

    52% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  8. Law and government

    48% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    45% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  10. Psychology

    44% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  11. History and archeology

    42% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  12. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  13. Communications and media

    38% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Sales and marketing

    33% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Philosophy and theology

    33% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Clerical

    30% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Systems analysis

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  8. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  13. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    73% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  10. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  11. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Memorization

    39% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  18. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    37% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    94% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Researching and investigating

    84% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    83% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Explaining things to people

    82% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  7. Giving expert advice

    80% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  8. Thinking creatively

    77% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    76% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Training and teaching others

    74% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  11. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Communicating with the public

    71% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    71% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Working with computers

    70% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Guiding and directing staff

    56% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    43% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3011.00 - Economists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    91% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    86% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time sitting

    86% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    82% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Telephone

    82% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Competition

    79% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  10. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Contact with people

    72% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  13. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  15. Frequent decision making

    67% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Teamwork

    63% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    57% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Contact with the public

    52% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    52% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Consequence of error

    48% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    33% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3011.00 - Economists.
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