Policy and Program Officers, Researchers and Consultants

Policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, prepare reports and provide consultation and advice and administer programs in areas related to the natural sciences, such as social policy, health, education and recreation. This occupational category includes economists, economic policy researchers and analysts, economic development officers, market researchers, curriculum developers, and social science professionals in fields such as linguists, political scientists, and sports consultants.


  • University degree.
  • Management and academic positions require a masterís or doctoral degree.
  • Economists, economic policy researchers and analysts usually require a masters degree in economics or commerce.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have sustained increases in employment over the next few years, peaking in 2017. Subsequently, employment growth will level out, but the new employment opportunities will continue into the future.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 60.5% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 64.5% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 16.0% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 19.5% live in other communities. About 61.9% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 10.2% in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.