Environmental Policy Analyst

Job Description:

An Environmental Policy Analyst evaluates and formulates policies to address environmental issues, conducting research, analyzing data, and providing recommendations for sustainable practices and regulations.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

What you will do:

As an environmental policy analyst, you will be:

  • Collecting and analysing data on environmental issues and policies
  • Assessing the effectiveness of existing policies and suggesting improvements
  • Developing new policies to address environmental challenges
  • Evaluating the potential environmental, social, and economic consequences of policies
  • Collaborating with government agencies, NGOs, industries, and communities
  • Ensuring policies align with environmental laws and regulations
  • Providing policymakers with data-backed recommendations for informed decisions
  • Presenting findings and proposals to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public
  • Supporting environmentally sustainable practices through policy advocacy
  • Monitoring policy implementation and making adjustments as needed


You will need:

  • knowledge in environmental science and sustainability
  • knowledge in policy analysis, legal frameworks and government processes
  • knowledge in data analysis
  • knowledge in economics and stakeholder engagement

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become an environmental policy analyst, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be beneficial:

  1. Science (Biology or Environmental Science): Provides foundational understanding of environmental systems.
  2. Geography: Offers insights into environmental challenges and their spatial aspects.
  3. Mathematics: Develops analytical skills important for data interpretation.
  4. English: Enhances communication skills for writing reports and presenting findings.
  5. Social Sciences: Provides a broader perspective on societal and policy dynamics.
  6. Economics: Understanding economic factors related to environmental policies.

Choosing these subjects can establish a strong foundation for pursuing a career in environmental policy analysis.

To become an environmental policy analyst, you typically need:


A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, policy, political science, or a related field.

Advanced Degrees (optional)

Some roles may require a master’s or Ph.D. for specialized positions or advancement.

Working Hours and Environment:

Environmental policy analysts typically work regular office hours, primarily in office settings, conducting research, analysis, and collaboration with stakeholders, occasionally requiring travel for meetings or site visits.

Career Path & Progression:

The typical career path of an environmental policy analyst includes education in a related field, entry-level roles, potential advanced degrees, progression from junior to senior analyst, specialization, potential roles in consulting or government, advancement to management, policy advocacy, and even academia for some.