Climate Change Analysts

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Climate Change Analysts include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 78.57% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 7.14% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Promote initiatives to mitigate climate change with government or environmental groups.

    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.

    Research policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management.

    Prepare study reports, memoranda, briefs, testimonies, or other written materials to inform government or environmental groups on environmental issues, such as climate change.

    Review existing policies or legislation to identify environmental impacts.

    Gather and review climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organizations.

    Present climate-related information at public interest, governmental, or other meetings.

    Propose new or modified policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change.

    Make legislative recommendations related to climate change or environmental management, based on climate change policies, principles, programs, practices, and processes.

    Develop, or contribute to the development of, educational or outreach programs on the environment or climate change.

    Prepare grant applications to obtain funding for programs related to climate change, environmental management, or sustainability.

    Present and defend proposals for climate change research projects.

    Write reports or academic papers to communicate findings of climate-related studies.


Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Mainframe computers

Laptop computers

High-performance cluster HPC computers

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

All Tools

Computer data input scanners



Practical extraction and reporting language Perl


Community Climate System Model CCSM


Formula translation/translator FORTRAN

Grid analysis and display system GrADS

All Technologies

Interface definition language IDL

NCAR Command Language NCL

North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program NARCCAP data tables

Sun Microsystems Java

Unidata Integrated Data Viewer IDV

Unidata Network common data form NetCDF


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Teaching others how to do something.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

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