Climate Change Analysts
SOC: 19-2041.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
94,600 employed

Projected (2024):
104,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Clean Energy Policy Analyst
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Climate Change Risk Assessor
  • Climatologist
  • Cumulative Effects Analyst
  • Ecological Risk Assessor
  • Environmental Change Analyst
  • Global Climate Change Analyst
  • Global Climate Change Researcher
  • Principal Scientist
  • Regional Climate Change Analyst
  • Research Associate, Policy
  • Risk Assessor
  • Scientist
  • Senior Advisor
  • Senior Advocate
  • Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program
  • Senior Climate Advisor
  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Senior Policy Associate
  • Staff Climate Scientist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Write reports or academic papers to communicate findings of climate-related studies.
  • Promote initiatives to mitigate climate change with government or environmental groups.
  • Present climate-related information at public interest, governmental, or other meetings.
  • Present and defend proposals for climate change research projects.
  • Prepare grant applications to obtain funding for programs related to climate change, environmental management, or sustainability.
  • Gather and review climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organizations.
  • Develop, or contribute to the development of, educational or outreach programs on the environment or climate change.
  • Review existing policies or legislation to identify environmental impacts.
  • Provide analytical support for policy briefs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change.
  • 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.
  • Research policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management.
  • Propose new or modified policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change.
  • Analyze and distill climate-related research findings to inform legislators, regulatory agencies, or other stakeholders.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • High-performance cluster HPC computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • C++
  • Community Climate System Model CCSM
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Ferret
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Grid analysis and display system GrADS
  • Interface definition language IDL
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NCAR Command Language NCL
  • North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program NARCCAP data tables
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • R
  • SAS software
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Unidata Integrated Data Viewer IDV
  • Unidata Network common data form NetCDF
  • UNIX
  • Web browser software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220