How to become a Climate Change Analyst

Climate change analysts create mathematical models to predict environmental changes. Their work is used to educate and inform policy and planning surrounding climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Personal requirements of a Climate Change Analyst

  • Strong reading, writing and comprehension skills
  • Enjoy solving complex problems
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to think logically and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Imaginative, with skills in creative reasoning
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Willing to continually update skills and knowledge

Education & Training for a Climate Change Analyst

To become a climate change analyst, you usually need a degree in environmental science. These subjects place heavy emphasis on statistical and analytical skills. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Climate Change Analyst

Climate change analysts:

  • analyse research findings to inform legislators, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders
  • prepare study reports and written materials for government and environmental groups
  • gather and review climate-related studies
  • write reports and academic papers regarding climate-related studies

Working conditions for a Climate Change Analyst

Climate change analysts work mainly indoors. They spend a substantial amount of time in front of the computer analysing data and writing papers. A climate change analyst's job may include a large policy or public education component.

Employment Opportunities for a Climate Change Analyst

A climate change analyst can work in both the private sector or the public sector, providing reports and analysis. Their work can inform policy changes and business decisions, as well as educate people. In the private sector, they can be employed by oil and mining companies, undertaking impact studies and studying data to produce reports that can influence a business' activities and profitability. In government, a climate change analyst may work on reports to guide regulation decisions and infrastructure projects.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 27.5%

NT 3.9%

QLD 22.9%

SA 6%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 17.9%

WA 16.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 59%

Female 41%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 4.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 27.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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