Economic development officers work with communities, local government and business to bring investment, jobs and facilities to an area.
There will be
5% more Economic development officer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
Your day-to-day duties could include:
You’ll usually need experience from working in a related area, like:
Qualifications like an HND, degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject could give you an advantage.
You could get into this job without a degree or postgraduate award if you have a background in bidding for funding, managing projects, controlling budgets or marketing.
You could also start as an assistant, researcher or administrator in an economic development unit, and then work your way up to an officer post.
Starter salary: £22,000
Experienced salary: £25,000 to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
You’ll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to work longer hours to meet project deadlines.
You’ll be mainly office-based, but will spend some of your time attending meetings and visiting companies and development sites.
With experience, you could progress to senior officer or economic policy manager.
You could also move into freelance consultancy work, or work abroad with international development agencies.
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