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Economic development officer

Alternative titles for this job include Economic regeneration officer, economic adviser

Economic development officers work with communities, local government and business to bring investment, jobs and facilities to an area.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become an economic development officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification in one of the following subjects:

  • regeneration
  • planning and surveying
  • economics
  • marketing
  • business management
  • construction management
  • housing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You could complete a professional economist degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an assistant, researcher or administrator in an economic development unit, then work your way up through training and promotion to become a development officer.

Direct Application

You could apply directly if you've got a background in bidding for funding, managing projects, controlling budgets or marketing.

You'll usually need experience from working in a related area, like:

  • town planning
  • community development
  • regeneration
  • business advice
  • construction management

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Further information

You can learn more about working in economic development through the Institute of Economic Development.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Among your day to day tasks you could:

  • develop projects to support local business growth
  • build partnerships with communities, business networks and local government
  • bid for local, regional or national funding
  • set up training schemes for local businesses and unemployed people
  • advise local businesses and community groups
  • promote the local area to attract new employers and increase tourism
  • work on neighbourhood renewal projects
  • organise business fairs and giving presentations
  • manage budgets
  • attract inward investment

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior officer or economic policy manager.

You could also move into freelance consultancy, or work abroad with international development agencies.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Business Studies

  • Provider: ELLIOTT HUDSON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Leeds

Business Studies

  • Provider: QUEEN ELIZABETH'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, HORNCASTLE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Horncastle

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