Profession in Focus: Policy Analyst

by Aman Singh Das | January 12, 2010

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Continuing on our coverage of the many roles within the environmental job market, today's focus is the role of a Policy Analyst. Most policy analysts hold masters' degrees and have a history of working in the environmental services field, whether it be nonprofits, for the government or private sector environment-friendly consumer products companies.

Environmental Protection Agency

Vault.com spoke to Chitra Kumar, who is a policy analyst in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water--a division of the Office of Water--in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kumar holds a master's degree in city planning, focusing on environmental issues. Below is a typical day in her life at the EPA.

8:30 a.m.: Check in. You arrive at your desk and gear up for the day's round of meetings.

9:00 a.m.: Day's first meeting. Managers in your division report to your director on the status of their projects. As part of your director's staff, you sit in on this meeting.

9:30 a.m.: Budgeting billions. The bulk of your day is spent in back-to-back meetings. Your next meeting is with the director of your office, to discuss the status of projects being funded by Stimulus Plan money. The EPA received over $7 billion of Stimulus spending, of which $6 billion went to the Office of Water—to revitalize aging infrastructure, among other things. You meet to discuss the disbursement of funds for these infrastructure projects.

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