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Climate Change Analysts

At a Glance

  • Study climate change in-depth
  • Work with government groups
  • Usually work indoors
  • Have at least a bachelor's degree
  • Have strong research and writing skills

Career summary

Climate change analysts study weather patterns to see how and why our modern climate is different from the climate of the past.

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Climate change analysts work to understand how and why there are changes in weather patterns. They look at:

They also look at how changes in conditions impact natural resources, animals, and people.

Analysts usually work in one of two areas:

Those who do science research try to create mathematical models of climate change. They use existing data to create models of the kind of weather to expect in the future.

Climate change analysts who focus on public policy use research and models to help lawmakers, corporations, and the general public make climate-related decisions. They write reports and prepare testimony for Congress and other lawmakers. Government leaders may ask them to explain how certain laws affect climate change. They may also help write new laws that promote renewable energy or fuels that give off fewer greenhouse gasses.

Related careers

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

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to climate change analysts.

Common work activities

Climate change analysts perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, climate change analysts:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Climate change analysts frequently:

It is important for climate change analysts to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for climate change analysts to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Climate change analysts need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a climate change analyst, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most students prepare for this field by earning a bachelor's degree in environmental science. As an undergraduate student you study math, statistics, computer science, and physics. You should also study public policy and economics if you plan to pursue the policy side of climate change.

Jobs that deal with the science of climate change analysis require a master's degree or a PhD. A degree in environmental science, mathematics, or computer science is helpful.

Work experience

Working as an intern with an organization that deals with climate change is a great way to gain experience. So is working in a climate-change-related science lab.

On-the-job training

New workers often learn additional skills on the job. The length of training varies.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link).

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for applicants who have a bachelor's degree. They look for analysts that have strong oral and written communication skills. They also look for applicants that can solve problems and work well on a team.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Environmental scientists and specialists, including health (SOC 19-2041)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $25.58 $30.28 $37.61 $49.74 $61.39
Monthly $4,433 $5,248 $6,518 $8,620 $10,639
Yearly $53,210 $62,990 $78,230 $103,460 $127,690
    Bellingham Hourly $24.84 $27.22 $30.48 $36.27 $53.46
Monthly $4,305 $4,717 $5,282 $6,286 $9,265
Yearly $51,648 $56,614 $63,393 $75,443 $111,208
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $27.53 $32.47 $39.96 $48.01 $54.00
Monthly $4,771 $5,627 $6,925 $8,320 $9,358
Yearly $57,271 $67,538 $83,126 $99,859 $112,319
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $27.54 $32.72 $45.33 $61.42 $76.40
Monthly $4,773 $5,670 $7,856 $10,644 $13,240
Yearly $57,276 $68,054 $94,274 $127,760 $158,908
    Longview Hourly $26.83 $29.80 $34.21 $37.83 $40.35
Monthly $4,650 $5,164 $5,929 $6,556 $6,993
Yearly $55,810 $61,991 $71,148 $78,680 $83,937
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $22.02 $25.56 $31.13 $37.04 $43.41
Monthly $3,816 $4,430 $5,395 $6,419 $7,523
Yearly $45,801 $53,158 $64,764 $77,060 $90,296
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $23.55 $27.53 $31.91 $34.98 $40.87
Monthly $4,081 $4,771 $5,530 $6,062 $7,083
Yearly $48,988 $57,266 $66,369 $72,756 $85,001
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $27.61 $33.61 $43.58 $54.06 $63.50
Monthly $4,785 $5,825 $7,552 $9,369 $11,005
Yearly $57,426 $69,904 $90,646 $112,439 $132,072
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $23.75 $27.54 $31.91 $32.72 $37.82
Monthly $4,116 $4,773 $5,530 $5,670 $6,554
Yearly $49,385 $57,278 $66,367 $68,057 $78,655
    Vancouver Hourly $26.58 $29.97 $38.07 $45.73 $54.39
Monthly $4,606 $5,194 $6,598 $7,925 $9,426
Yearly $55,297 $62,346 $79,185 $95,130 $113,136
    Walla Walla Hourly $21.55 $29.69 $37.94 $45.46 $46.66
Monthly $3,735 $5,145 $6,575 $7,878 $8,086
Yearly $44,817 $61,742 $78,905 $94,561 $97,042
    Yakima Hourly $23.74 $26.19 $31.28 $32.72 $36.10
Monthly $4,114 $4,539 $5,421 $5,670 $6,256
Yearly $49,374 $54,471 $65,058 $68,054 $75,084
United States Hourly $20.44 $25.76 $34.20 $45.47 $59.91
Monthly $3,542 $4,464 $5,927 $7,880 $10,382
Yearly $42,520 $53,580 $71,130 $94,590 $124,620

Wages vary widely depending on the analyst's skill level, experience, and level of education. Wages also vary by area of the country and by employer.

Benefits also vary. Most full-time climate change analysts receive typical benefits. These include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

National wage information is not available specifically for climate change analysts. However, they are part of the larger group of "environmental scientists and specialists, including health."

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health (SOC 19-2041)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 3,128 26.2% 16.1% 483
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 12 0.0% 13.4% 1
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 46 13.0% 8.6% 6
    Benton and Franklin Counties 377 14.9% 15.0% 47
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 113 15.9% 11.9% 15
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 126 63.5% 15.2% 31
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 367 13.4% 14.1% 45
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 143 32.9% 14.6% 24
    King County 1,307 34.3% 19.6% 228
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 140 23.6% 13.8% 20
    Pierce County 284 20.4% 15.2% 39
    Snohomish County 135 23.7% 12.4% 20
    Spokane County 69 5.8% 13.9% 7
United States 85,000 8.2% 5.2% 10,300

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for climate change analysts will be strong as concerns about the environment continue to grow. However, this is a small occupation and the number of jobs created will be very small. Much of the growth will be in private consulting firms. Scientists who work in these firms help companies determine environmental impact for projects such as new buildings and factories.

Demand will also occur as companies try to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing pollution and other hazardous wastes.

Job openings will occur due to people moving to management positions or retiring.

Employment and Outlooks information is not available specifically for climate change analysts. However, they are part of the larger group of "environmental scientists and specialists, including health."

Other resources

Alliance to Save Energy (external link)
American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (external link)
147 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite 303
Annapolis, MD 21401
American Planning Association (external link)
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
American Planning Association, Washington Chapter (external link)
2150 North 107th Street, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98133
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (external link)
1100 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20005
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
Environmental Career Center (external link)
P.O. Box 3387
Hampton, Virginia 23663
Environmental Council of the States (external link)
1250 H Street NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005
Environmental Protection Agency (external link)
Park Place Building
1200 - 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (external link)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (external link)
901 D Street SW, Suite 930
Washington, DC 20024
Society of Women Engineers (external link)
130 East Randolph Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
United States Environmental Protection Agency (external link)
United States Society for Ecological Economics (external link)
Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (external link)


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Holland occupational cluster