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Old 11-27-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I was wonder if anyone knew if the Private sector or the Public sector is better to be an economist. I want to go to college for a Master in economics and finance, I was wondering if Northern Virginia job market is still good for these types of careers Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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Define what you mean by "better." More pay? The job market in this area will never cease, but infact become more competitive.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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The federal government hires lots of economists. But you can probably make more money in the private sector.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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You may start by looking into CNA and RAND, although I believe they prefer PhD's.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:15 AM
 
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Define what you mean by "better." More pay? The job market in this area will never cease, but infact become more competitive.
When I say better, I am talking about career opportunities and benefits.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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Depends on what is important to you. If you want a secure job, not very exciting, but little chance of a layoff, and a nice benefits and retirement package, go with the public sector, the federal government. If you want a bit more excitement, and a better chance of higher pay, but less secure, go with the private sector.

Or you might wait and see who offers you a job.
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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I was wonder if anyone knew if the Private sector or the Public sector is better to be an economist. I want to go to college for a Master in economics and finance, I was wondering if Northern Virginia job market is still good for these types of careers Thanks.
George Mason University here in Fairfax County has a well-known economics dept [home of Walter Williams and at least one Nobel Laureate]. Perhaps you might want to check it out, and in the process, ask the folks about the job opportunities here.

It is difficult to find unemployed people in NOVA, except for those who are voluntarily unemployed. And look at it this way ... if you try govt employment and find it's not for you, there are plenty of private sector opportunities waiting. Lots of people who start in govt don't stay there. It's not a permanent decision ... it's a job, not a marriage. (Even a marriage isn't always permanent, of course.)

Best of luck to you.

DCO
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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In general, finance jobs are kind of hard to find right now. However, there are a lot of businesses in NOVA.

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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What are you doing now? Are you a student or currently employed? I see that you're in Japan, is that right?
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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Even if you get a job in government, you will see alot of useless people sitting around, waiting for their retirement. They will mess with you on daily basis just because they usually have nothing else to do. After you pay your dues, you will most likely move to another agency, or go to private sector where people actually work to earn their bread.
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