Environmental Economists

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Conduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.

Common job titles of Environmental Economists 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.

  • 57.14% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 28.57% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Develop programs or policy recommendations to promote sustainability and sustainable development.

    Assess the costs and benefits of various activities, policies, or regulations that affect the environment or natural resource stocks.

    Develop programs or policy recommendations to achieve environmental goals in cost-effective ways.

    Conduct research on economic and environmental topics, such as alternative fuel use, public and private land use, soil conservation, air and water pollution control, and endangered species protection.

    Conduct research to study the relationships among environmental problems and patterns of economic production and consumption.

    Perform complex, dynamic, and integrated mathematical modeling of ecological, environmental, or economic systems.

    Collect and analyze data to compare the environmental implications of economic policy or practice alternatives.

    Develop economic models, forecasts, or scenarios to predict future economic and environmental outcomes.

    Develop environmental research project plans, including information on budgets, goals, deliverables, timelines, and resource requirements.

    Develop systems for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental and economic data.

    Examine the exhaustibility of natural resources or the long-term costs of environmental rehabilitation.

    Write research proposals and grant applications to obtain private or public funding for environmental and economic studies.

    Write social, legal, or economic impact statements to inform decision makers for natural resource policies, standards, or programs.

    Write technical documents or academic articles to communicate study results or economic forecasts.

    Demonstrate or promote the economic benefits of sound environmental regulations.

    Monitor or analyze market and environmental trends.

    Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate economic and environmental study results, to present policy recommendations, or to raise awareness of environmental consequences.

    Identify and recommend environmentally friendly business practices.

    Interpret indicators to ascertain the overall health of an environment.


Personal computers

Mainframe computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Computer data input scanners

10-key calculators


ESRI ArcGIS software

IBM SPSS Statistics


Aptech Systems GAUSS

Camfit Data Limited Microfit

Econometric Software LIMDEP

Estima Regression Analysis of Time Series RATS

All Technologies

Formula translation/translator FORTRAN

General algebraic modeling system GAMS

Global Insight AREMOS

Insightful S-PLUS

Quantitative Micro Software EViews

Wolfram Research Mathematica


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


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

Critical Thinking

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

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.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Active Learning

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

Complex Problem Solving

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


Using mathematics to solve problems.


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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Systems Analysis

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

Learning Strategies

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

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.


Teaching others how to do something.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Social Perceptiveness

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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


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

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical 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

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

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

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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