Climate Change Analysts

Research and analyze policy developments related to climate change. Make climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.

Median Annual Wage: $66,250

Education: Master's degree (79%); Bachelor's degree (7%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (4%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Scientist; Principal Scientist; Research Associate, Policy; Senior Advisor; Senior Advocate; Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program; Senior Climate Advisor; Senior Policy Analyst; Senior Policy Associate; Staff Climate Scientist

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  • Analyze and distill climate-related research findings to inform legislators, regulatory agencies, or other stakeholders.
  • Prepare study reports, memoranda, briefs, testimonies, or other written materials to inform government or environmental groups on environmental issues such as climate change.
  • Make legislative recommendations related to climate change or environmental management, based on climate change policies, principles, programs, practices, and processes.
  • Promote initiatives to mitigate climate change with government or environmental groups.
  • Research policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management.
  • Present climate-related information at public interest, governmental, or other meetings.
  • Write reports or academic papers to communicate findings of climate-related studies.
  • Review existing policies or legislation to identify environmental impacts.
  • Gather and review climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organizations.
  • Prepare grant applications to obtain funding for programs related to climate change, environmental management, or sustainability.
  • Propose new or modified policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change.
  • Develop, or contribute to the development of, educational or outreach programs on the environment or climate change.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Climate Change Analysts.

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Climate Change Analysts.

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