Idaho Careers in Economics

Idaho is in good shape in terms of employment. There are fewer people looking for work than there were last year and the unemployment rate fell to 7.4% in August 2012.

Economics Careers in Idaho’s Corporate and Government Sectors

There are many big businesses that call Idaho home. Economists who choose to work as analysts for corporations are charged developing the local, national, and global strategies for prime positioning in the global market. Some of the biggest employers of professionals with economics backgrounds in the private sector include:

  • EcoAnalysts, Moscos
  • Micron Technology, Boise
  • Pita Pit USA, Couer d’Alene
  • PolicyTech, Rexburg
  • Scentsy, Meridian

Others who graduate from a master’s program in economics prefer to serve in the public sector for government agencies. Many government departments require the expertise of economic analysts to determine the best course of spending. A few agencies that require economists in Idaho include:

  • Idaho Department of Labor
  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • State of Idaho
  • US Department of Energy
  • USDA Forest Service

Affiliating with an organization or association geared towards economists is a great way to boost a career and meet colleagues. Some of these organizations include:

  • Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
  • Idaho Council on Economic Education
  • Idaho Economic Development Association
  • Urban Economics Association
  • Western Agricultural Economics Association

Economics Salaries in Idaho

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides promising figures for private sector economic analysts in Idaho. The average salary is $70,260 or $33.78 per hour. There are currently 334 analysts working in the state, but it’s important to bear in mind that many professionals with advanced degrees in economics hold other related positions.

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