Environmental Economists
SOC: 19-3011.01

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,500 employed

Projected (2024):
22,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Agricultural Economist
  • Ecological Economist
  • Economist
  • Energy Economist
  • Environmental Economist
  • Environmental Protection Economist
  • Marine Resource Economist
  • Natural Resource Economist
  • Principal Associate
  • Principal Research Economist
  • Resource Economist
  • Senior Economist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate economic and environmental study results, to present policy recommendations, or to raise awareness of environmental consequences.
  • Monitor or analyze market and environmental trends.
  • Interpret indicators to ascertain the overall health of an environment.
  • Identify and recommend environmentally-friendly business practices.
  • Demonstrate or promote the economic benefits of sound environmental regulations.
  • Write technical documents or academic articles to communicate study results or economic forecasts.
  • Write social, legal, or economic impact statements to inform decision-makers for natural resource policies, standards, or programs.
  • Write research proposals and grant applications to obtain private or public funding for environmental and economic studies.
  • Examine the exhaustibility of natural resources or the long-term costs of environmental rehabilitation.
  • Develop systems for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental and economic data.
  • Develop environmental research project plans, including information on budgets, goals, deliverables, timelines, and resource requirements.
  • Develop economic models, forecasts, or scenarios to predict future economic and environmental outcomes.
  • Collect and analyze data to compare the environmental implications of economic policy or practice alternatives.
  • Perform complex, dynamic, and integrated mathematical modeling of ecological, environmental, or economic systems.
  • Conduct research to study the relationships among environmental problems and patterns of economic production and consumption.
  • 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.
  • Develop programs or policy recommendations to achieve environmental goals in cost-effective ways.
  • 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 promote sustainability and sustainable development.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Personal computers
  • Aptech Systems GAUSS software
  • C
  • Camfit Data Limited Microfit
  • Econometric Software LIMDEP
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Estima Regression Analysis of Time Series RATS
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • General algebraic modeling system GAMS
  • Global Insight AREMOS
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • MySQL software
  • Quantitative Micro Software EViews
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220