Research Data Analyst

California Department of Finance
Sacramento, CA
Date Posted:  June 15, 2020
Closing Date:  July 12, 2020

Under the general direction of the Chief of Economic Research and the Research Data Manager, the Research
Data Analyst will assist with economic forecasts for California, analyze current policy proposals, and participate in reviews of regulatory impacts from California agencies proposing new regulations. The topics span all areas of state policy and regulations, such as insurance, environmental policies, health care, and worker safety, among others. Finance is the Governor’s chief fiscal policy adviser, and seeks to promote long-term economic sustainability and responsible resource allocation. The Forecasting Unit within Finance is responsible for the official forecasts for California, and the Chief Economist and Program Budget Manager is the state’s recognized economic expert.

Depending on interest, the Research Analyst may choose to specialize either in the macroeconomic or microeconomic side. The training and coaching will be geared towards preparing for future graduate work, exposing the Research Analyst to many different aspects of being an economist in state service, and preparing them to participate in the policymaking process.


  • Graduation from college, and completion of coursework in economics or a related field.
  • Experience in state-level macroeconomic forecasting.
  • Knowledge of economic models and their application.
  • Ability to communicate economic concepts to the general public, program specialists, and other economists.
  • Ability to quickly absorb new material and apply economic thinking to policy issues.
  • Willingness to take responsibility for projects and incorporate feedback from various points of view.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective cooperative working relationships.