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Climate Change Policy Analyst

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Climate Change Policy Analysts Career Video

About This Career

Researches and analyzes policy developments related to climate change. Makes climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Provides analytical support for policy briefs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change.
  • Proposes new or modified policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change.
  • Prepares study reports, memoranda, briefs, testimonies, or other written materials to inform government or environmental groups on environmental issues, such as climate change.
  • Analyzes and distills climate-related research findings to inform legislators, regulatory agencies, or other stakeholders.
  • Makes legislative recommendations related to climate change or environmental management, based on climate change policies, principles, programs, practices, and processes.
  • Presents climate-related information at public interest, governmental, or other meetings.
  • Promotes initiatives to mitigate climate change with government or environmental groups.
  • Gathers and reviews climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organizations.
  • Reviews existing policies or legislation to identify environmental impacts.
  • Researches policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Climate Economist
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Climate Analyst
  • Policy Associate — Work may include projects related to mapping and evaluating climate change mitigation policies and projects examining the feasibility of energy transitions away from fossil fuel dependence.
  • Regional Science Advisor — Contributes to the development of innovative, accurate, timely, and high quality products and services in the energy and climate change markets.
  • Climate Advisor
  • Policy Analyst — Researches and compares possible solutions to a broad range of problems, from stemming school dropout rates and ensuring access to affordable health care to protecting the nation from terrorism and ensuring stable economic growth.
  • Policy Research Associate
  • Climate and Energy Program Associate


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