Career Profile:

Environmental Economist


Median Yearly





Work type:

full-time, self-employed

Most likely to work in:

Across the province, Halifax

Most employees have:

Post-Graduate Degree


Advanced BA Economics

What you do

Environmental economics is an area of economics dealing with the relationship between the economy and the environment.

Environmental economists study the economics of natural resources from both sides - their extraction and use, and the waste products returned to the environment. They also study how economic incentives hurt or help the environment, and how they can be used to create sustainable policies and environmental solutions.

An Environmental Economist performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Review data, observe patterns and create reports
  • Conduct surveys and collect data
  • Analyze data using mathematical models and statistical techniques
  • Interpret and forecast market trends
  • Advise businesses, governments and individuals on economic topics
  • Design policies or make recommendations for solving economic problems

What you need

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing & communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving
  • Statistics

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