Climate Change Policy Analysts

Also called: Clean Energy Policy Analyst, Climate Change Analyst, Climate Change Risk Assessor, Climate Change Specialist, Cumulative Effects Analyst

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Climate change policy analysts research and analyze policy developments related to climate change. Make climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.

  • 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.
  • Make legislative recommendations related to climate change or environmental management, based on climate change policies, principles, programs, practices, and processes.
  • Promote initiatives to mitigate climate change with government or environmental groups.
  • Research policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management.
  • Review existing policies or legislation to identify environmental impacts.
  • Write reports or academic papers to communicate findings of climate-related studies.
  • Present climate-related information at public interest, governmental, or other meetings.
  • Gather and review climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organizations.
  • Prepare grant applications to obtain funding for programs related to climate change, environmental management, or sustainability.
  • Propose new or modified policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change.
  • Develop, or contribute to the development of, educational or outreach programs on the environment or climate change.
  • Present and defend proposals for climate change research projects.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 86% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Telephone — 86% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 90% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 66% responded "Every day".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 50% responded "Some freedom".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 50% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Prepare research or technical reports on environmental issues.
  • Promote environmental sustainability or conservation initiatives.
  • Communicate results of environmental research.
  • Prepare proposal documents or grant applications.
  • Promote environmental sustainability or conservation initiatives.
  • Prepare proposal documents or grant applications.
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Knowledge

English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Law and Government
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mathematics
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Skills

Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing
  • 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.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Object or component oriented development software
  • C++ Hot Technology
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Hot Technology
  • R Hot Technology
  • Python Hot Technology
  • Sun Microsystems Java
Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
  • Unidata Integrated Data Viewer IDV
  • Grid analysis and display system GrADS
  • Ferret
  • Community Climate System Model CCSM
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
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Education

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Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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