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Green Occupation:
19-3011.01 - Environmental Economists

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Environmental economists work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Environment Protection — This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

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