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Climate Change Analysts

Also called: Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program; Senior Climate Advisor; Senior Policy Associate; Staff Climate Scientist

What they do:
Research and analyze policy developments related to climate change. Make climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide analytical support for policy briefs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • geography
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Community Climate System Model CCSM
  • Ferret
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • Python
Development environment software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Interface definition language IDL

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral/professional degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$63,570
per year, on average
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