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Environmental Economists - 19-3011.01

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Environmental Economist
  • Natural Resource Economist
  • Research Economist
  • Resource Economist

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3000 Social Scientists and Related Workers
19-3010 Economists
19-3011.00 Economists
19-3011.01 Environmental Economists

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Teach courses in environmental economics.
  • 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.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Analyze market conditions or trends.
  • Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Communicate results of environmental research.
  • Develop environmental research methods.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects.
  • Develop mathematical models of environmental conditions.
  • Forecast economic, political, or social trends.
  • Identify sustainable business practices.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Monitor market conditions or trends.
  • Plan environmental research.
  • Prepare information or documentation related to legal or regulatory matters.
  • Prepare proposal documents or grant applications.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Promote environmental sustainability or conservation initiatives.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives.
  • Teach classes in area of specialization.
  • Teach social science courses at the college level.

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Economist