A climate change analyst does laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigates sources of pollution, including those affecting health. Many work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct their work and evaluate their results.
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A climate change analyst typically does the following:
Many climate change analysts work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists who direct their work and evaluate their results. In addition, they often work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians in other fields to solve complex problems related to environmental degradation and public health. For example, they may work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water.
Most climate change analysts work either for the government or for private consulting firms. In the government, climate change analysts enforce regulations that protect the environment and people’s health. They spend a lot of time inspecting businesses and public places and investigating complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. They may issue fines or close establishments that violate environmental or health regulations. In private consulting firms, climate change analysts help clients monitor and manage the environment and comply with regulations. For example, they help businesses develop cleanup plans for contaminated sites, and they recommend ways to reduce, control, or eliminate pollution. Also, climate change analysts conduct feasibility studies for, and monitor the environmental impact of, new construction projects.
Climate change analysts work in offices, laboratories, and the field. Most work for professional, scientific, and technical services firms or for the government. Fieldwork offers a variety of settings; for example, a technician may investigate a chemical spill inside a manufacturing plant or spend time outdoors testing the water quality of lakes and rivers. In the field, technicians spend most of their time on their feet, which can be physically demanding. Also, they may need to set up monitoring or testing equipment, which can involve some heavy lifting and frequent bending and crouching.