There are currently an estimated 21,300 economists in the United States. The economist job market is expected to grow by 6.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are economists?

CareerExplorer rates economists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,800 economists. That number is based on 1,300 additional economists, and the retirement of 5,500 existing economists.

What’s the supply of economists?

The economist industry is concentrated in District of Columbia, California, Virginia

Economist job market by state

State Name Employed Economists
District of Columbia 7,680
California 1,470
Virginia 1,350
New York 700
Texas 670
Maryland 640
Pennsylvania 610
Washington 400
Georgia 400
Minnesota 360
Illinois 360
Missouri 290
Michigan 270
Wisconsin 270
Oregon 230
North Carolina 220
Colorado 220
Florida 180
Connecticut 160
Hawaii 150
Ohio 140
South Carolina 130
New Jersey 120
Arizona 100
Vermont 90
Arkansas 90
Montana 90
Oklahoma 80
New Hampshire 80
Indiana 80
Puerto Rico 70
Kentucky 70
Tennessee 70
Utah 70
Alaska 70
New Mexico 70
Nevada 60
West Virginia 40
Alabama 40
Louisiana 40
Idaho 40
Iowa 40
Delaware 40
Mississippi 30