Career Paths at GAO


GAO analyzes a wide range of government programs and policy issues in response to congressional requests. Economists who work here have a strong interest in policy analysis and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment. Their duties include identifying options for study designs, conducting economic analyses, and presenting results. These positions require skills in applied research, effective interpersonal and teamwork skills, good organizational abilities, an ability to meet deadlines, and strong oral and written communication skills. Economists at GAO have academic backgrounds and work experience in a number of areas:

    • Industrial organization.
    • Labor economics.
    • Health, education, and welfare.
    • Public economics.
    • Urban and regional economics.
    • Agricultural and natural resource economics.
    • Transportation.
    • Postal issues.