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Careers: Career Path

NERA experts come from a variety of professional backgrounds—including academia, government, regulatory agencies, accounting, and law—bringing with them distinctive ideas, perspectives, and expertise. Our culture is one of collaboration, development, and a hands-on approach to consulting.

No artificial barriers to advancement

NERA is a true meritocracy with transparency around advancement. We have standard benchmarks that put everyone on equal footing when it comes to promotion. Progression from one position to another is clear and structured, with a no-surprises approach for what it takes to get to the next level. We offer regular opportunities to advance, bonuses to reflect firm contributions, and continual training to support your growth.

Go directly to the following careers paths:

Junior Consulting (Researcher Path)

Senior Consulting (Consultant Path)

Corporate and Administrative Roles


At NERA, you are not just part of a big pool.

You’ll never fall through the cracks because you have a dedicated leader who provides advice, mentorship, and support. We also pair new researchers with more senior researchers to flatten the learning curve. When you’re new, you’re checking and learning from a more experienced team member. As you gain experience, you take on more responsibilities. This fosters natural learning and leadership opportunities throughout your career journey.

“You have to be intellectually curious, willing to learn, and not afraid of rolling up your sleeves and trying to figure something out and step in to help when the team needs help.”

—Managing Director, New York

“A great thing about NERA culture is how collaborative it is. Everyone is extremely hard-working but also willing to help you out. You're not ashamed to go to a colleague and say, ‘I don't understand this. Would you be willing to sit down with me to explain it?’”

—Analyst, Washington, DC

We have a long-standing record of helping our research staff gain placement in top master’s, JD, and PhD programs, including:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • London School of Economics
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Oxford University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University


“We provide mentorship and guidance to consultants on everything from figuring out what their niche is to building a book of business. We explain ‘Here's how I do it. Here’s how other people do it,’ so they can determine what will work best for them.”

—Director, San Francisco

If you want to build your practice and become a go-to expert in your own right, NERA is the place for you.

Our model is based on developing experts internally. As a consultant, you’ll enjoy mentorship and collaboration with others who will help you gain the skills you need to build your own book of business. Dedicated marketing and business development staff will work with you to develop a custom work plan for your professional growth.


You don't have to be an economist to work here

NERA’s culture emphasizes high standards and teamwork that extend far beyond our consulting work. Whatever your field of expertise—whether in IT, human capital, marketing, finance, or administration—we are committed to employing talented, collegial professionals who deliver at the highest level. At NERA, we know non-consulting professionals are essential contributors to the firm’s success. 

Join Us in Delivering Economic Excellence Worldwide

Because NERA is part of Marsh McLennan, during the application process you will be directed to the Marsh McLennan job search site.

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