Education Qualifications - in today's economy


Hello, question and feedback.

I’ve been interested in Economics for some time and have been in the US workforce for 12 years post-university (not PHD or MBA). Just now finding Kate’s work and the several discussion board highlighting a type of Economics (call it Renegade Economics).

I’m interested in feedback or suggestion on what type of education level (or real world experience, or study) you feel would warrant someone calling themselves and Economist (Renegade Econ). There’s discussion about this on Quora but thought this group may have more quality feedback.

Thank you