Environmental analysts are responsible for studying and examining human effects and impacts on various aspects of the planet, such as air, water, soil, and food, in order to preserve and keep them safe. Many of these analysts specialize in different areas of expertise and work in fields such as biology, geology, hydrology, and mineralogy.
When conducting research and collecting data, environmental analysts may also assist in developing plans related to disaster relief efforts, though they focus primarily on collecting data and finding ways to minimize humankind's negative effects on the environment to leave a better world for future generations. When all their data is completed, they then formulate plans of action to attend to the environmental issues at hand, and these analysts work in both the government and private sectors.
A bachelor's degree may be a minimum requirement for this position, and many employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in environmental science, while a doctorate degree is required to teach at a university level. Environmental analysts should also have strong communication skills and be able to present their study results and findings in a clear and concise manner. Familiarity with digital mapping and computer modeling techniques is highly beneficial for the position, as well.