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Policy Job Overview Policy jobs are as varied as the entities that create them. Policy analysts and officers can ...

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Policy Job Overview

Policy jobs are as varied as the entities that create them. Policy analysts and officers can work for government agencies, non-profit organisations, think tanks and even news outlets. Policy jobs focus on one of two areas: creating new policies to address current needs or analysing existing policies for effectiveness and areas for improvement. While there is no such thing as a "typical" policy job, most policy officers and analysts perform at least a few of the following tasks on a regular basis:

  • Compiling statistics and other data and writing reports
  • Reading government reports, synthesizing information, and creating a document advocating a particular point of view
  • Evaluating existing policies and reading critiques in order to make recommendations about changes or improvements
  • Drafting actual policy language for government agencies and non-profits
  • Writing position papers and other scholarly articles
  • Making oral reports and presentations
  • Collaborating with other stakeholders in a particular policy area

Policy Job Education Requirements

A four-year university degree is the minimum requirement for most policy jobs; many require an advanced degree. In fact, as of 2013, 58 percent of policy analysts had post-graduate degrees. Areas of study suitable for policy jobs include:

  • Political Science
  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Economics
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • International Relations

Policy Job Market

The employment outlook for policy jobs is good for the coming decade. Jobs in this sector are tied to trends in socioeconomic analysis. Demand for policy researchers and analysts has grown significantly in the past several years and is expected to continue through 2020. About 60 percent of policy analysts are employed in the public sector, either in provincial or federal government.

Policy Job Salary Information

Wages vary greatly for policy jobs, depending on educational background and type of policy involved. Economic policy analysts have the highest average salary at C$71,084 per year, while social policy analysts have the lowest average annual salary at C$55,298.

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