Environmental Economists

Environmental Economists Meet

In general, economists focus on society's past and current use of resources such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery to produce goods and services for consumption and production. Environmental economists are concerned with how the use of these resources affects the environment and the economic costs that are involved. They study government policies regarding natural resources and analyze the costs and benefits of alternative environmental practices. There are approximately 19,380 economists, including environmental economists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the production and distribution of goods, resources, and services, focusing on the relationship between economic issues and natural resources allocation and distribution as well as environmental issues
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, with high employment in large metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Earth Science
Experience Three or more years experience; internship or fellowship
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Financial
  • Math
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Environmental Economist, Manager or Director
  • Environmental Economist
  • Environmental Economist, Research Assistant