Data on higher education choices for Economists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Economists is Social Sciences but a relatively high number of Economists hold a major in Liberal Arts & Humanities.
Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Economists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Economists need more than the average amount of Programming, Mathematics, and Science.
Projections on wages and job growth for Economists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.5%, but Economists are expected to see a growth of 5.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.