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Climate Change Analyst

 

Overview

Climate Change Analysts look at research and data about our planet’s climate. A career in this field can include looking at temperatures, polar ice caps, ocean conditions, and greenhouse gases. 

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Study climate conditions over a period of time
  • Review papers and publications that are related to climate
  • Write grant proposals in order to further research on climate change and environmental stewardship
  • Follow local, state and federal legislation and discussion regarding energy and climate change
  • Utilize mathematical models and data to predict future climate
  • Collaborate with scientist who are gating climate data
  • Determine how to use data and predictions to make recommendations for environmental practices
  • Propose new policies in regards to alternative fuels, transportation and other factors related to climate change
  • Communicate findings on climate change to the public
  • Develop educational and outreach programs on climate change
  • Use predictions made to lobby for or against legislation

 

What education and training is required?

At least a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, in environmental science, climatology, hydrology, meteorology or other related science.

 

To pursue a career as a climate change analyst

The following courses are recommended for students in high school: agriculture education, math, statistics, computer science, physics, government and economics.

 

Where can I work?

The federal government is a big employer of atmospheric scientist. Agencies like National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Defense often hire people with an understanding of climatology. There are also non-profits and some corporations that use climate change analysts.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The job market for a climate change analyst will not grow much from its current state.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Ecology Society of America