Economic development officer | Average UK Salary & Outlook

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

  • Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.  
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or
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Economic development officers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Economic development officer you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
53,880 GBP *
per year
22,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Economic development officer

  • 56,391 GBP
  • 49,133 GBP
Average salary for part-time Economic development officer
Average salary for full-time Economic development officer

  • 23,324 GBP
  • 53,880 GBP
  • 49,133 GBP
  • 56,391 GBP
Salary over time for Economic development officer

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 55,054 GBP
  • 52,826 GBP
  • 51,862 GBP
  • 52,431 GBP
  • 52,680 GBP
  • 51,581 GBP
  • 53,880 GBP
  • 53,525 GBP
  • 36,512 GBP

Future outlook for Economic development officers

Poor outlook
62 000+ jobs available
Fair outlook
-5% yearly wage growth (on average)

Economic development officer - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Economic development officer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

Find out which qualifications or skills you need to become an Economic development officer.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 81% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 8% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 6% of people in this role have a Professional degree

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

You'll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of geography
  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Economic development officer

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Things to highlight for your Economic development officer interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

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