Climate change analysts research climate change in order to influence policy developments in the legislature, as well as in fundraising and awareness campaigns. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they work predominantly in weather stations, offices, and laboratories, and the job market for them is growing, especially in private industry.
In 2012, U.S. environmental scientists and specialists earned national median wages of $30.56 per hour, or $63,600 per year. In 2010, 89,400 environmental scientists and specialists were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 106,100 by 2020, in an 19% increase creating 4,320 new jobs—160 of them right here in North Carolina, where above-average growth of 22% is predicted. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.
If you are interested in a career in climate change analysis, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most climate change analysis jobs require a master’s degree, and some require PhD. After earning your MS in Statistics online, augmented with the Certificate in Statistical Computing or Applied Statistics, you can pursue your PhD on our campus in Raleigh.
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