Economic development officer

economic regeneration officer economic adviser regeneration officer
Administration, business and management

Career outlook for economic development officer

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would work on projects to bring businesses and facilities to an area and create jobs for local people.

It would be your responsibility to increase jobs and economic growth in your local area.

You’d work with the local community, the local councils and companies to plan and develop projects. You’d need to be determined and persuasive.

You’d find out what kind of employees and facilities a business is looking for and show how your area suits its needs. You’d explain planning regulations so the company can easily meet these requirements.

You would:

  • Build partnerships with communities, business networks and local government
  • Put in bids for local, national and European funding for projects
  • 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 give presentations about your area
  • Manage budgets

You could be involved in all of these activities or you might specialise in a particular one, such as attracting inward investment or bidding for funding.

Working conditions


You would typically work standard office hours Monday to Friday, with occasional longer hours to meet project deadlines. Part-time work or job sharing may be available.


You would be mainly office-based, but would spend some of your time attending meetings and visiting companies and development sites.


You would travel to attend meetings and visit companies and development sites in your local area or region

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no set entry requirements for this job but most entrants have a degree or relevant professional qualification (SCQF Level 9/10/11).

A degree in any subject is acceptable but the most relevant are:

  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Estate management
  • Geography
  • Marketing
  • Planning

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  • English (required by most courses and employers)
  • Maths (required by most courses and employers)
  • Business
  • ICT
  • Administrative subjects
  • Social studies such as economics and geography.