Agricultural Economist

OFO No: 263101

Other names for Agricultural Economist:

Agricultural Economist
Development Finance Project Analyst
Economic Advisor
Economic Analyst
Economic Consultant
Economic Forecaster
Environmental Economist
Financial Economist
Health Economist
Industrial Economist
Labour Market Economist
Mineral Economist
Price Economist
Research Economist
Small Business Economist
Taxation Economist

What is an Agricultural Economist?

An Agricultural Economist analyses economic and social phenomena in the world and its impact on agriculture.

Research is an important part of the career.

An Agricultural Economist should have mathematical skills, be intuitive and have excellent communication skills.

They may work in the private or government sector, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and/or research centres.

Some career opportunities include:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Financial services

What does an Agricultural Economist do?

  • monitors economic changes in agriculture
  • devises methods and procedures for obtaining required data
  • understands various sampling techniques that may be used to conduct different types of surveys
  • creates, as well as usse, various mathematical modelling techniques to develop forecasts
  • applies models of economic behaviour to agricultural changes and developments
  • advises agricultural organisations on costs and benefits of options
  • advises government, employers or trade unions on the economic implications of agricultural policy options
  • produces various numerical and non-numerical written reports
  • supplies information on agricultural market trends to the press

Are you … ?

  • good at mathematics and statistics?
  • analytical?
  • interested in business?
  • interested in agriculture?
  • a person who loves research?
  • excellent with computer skills?
  • accurate?

How do I become an Agricultural Economist?

A 3 year Bachelor of Commerce in Agricultural Economics and post-grad degrees can be done at most universities.

Minimum requirements:  

Vary from one institution to another – please check your university of choice for theirs. 
Mathematics Level 4 or higher – is, however compulsory.



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