YOUR CAREER AS A
A forest economist might conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.
$55,000 – $125,000
Masters (at least)
Absence from home
Generally, economists or policy researchers will have a minimum of a Masters degree in an Applied Economics or financial mathematics or economic policy, and many have a doctorate degree which gave them an in-depth understanding of an area of primary sector economics.
Skills required include:
- an open, inquiring mind
- analytical skills
- excellent writing and presentation skills.
See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.
Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.