We surveyed 2,451 economists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.
Economists are investigative and enterprising
Economists tend to be predominantly investigative individuals, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts. They also tend to be enterprising, which means that they are usually quite natural leaders who thrive at influencing and persuading others.
If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be an economist. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.
Here’s how the Holland codes of the average economist break down:
The top personality traits of economists are openness and conscientiousness
Economists score highly on openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety. They also tend to be high on the measure of conscientiousness, which means that they are methodical, reliable, and generally plan out things in advance.
Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average economist: