Climate change specialists measure and analyse changes in the weather over a set period of time. Their work may involve gaining an insight into the way in which human activities affect the environment.
In most cases, the minimum qualification required to enter into a job as a climate change specialist is a bachelor's degree in geology, environmental science, geochemistry, physics or meteorology. To study for a bachelors degree, it is necessary to gain at least three A levels in subjects such as chemistry, maths, physics, geography or environmental science. A master's degree may be required for some jobs and can improve an employees employment prospects and earnings. In addition to formal qualifications, employers of climate change specialists require candidates with good practical, problem solving, technical and team working skills.
Degrees in subjects relating to environmental science often include work experience, which is an essential requirement for many climate change jobs. Graduates lacking work experience may wish to volunteer with conservation organisations before they apply for employment openings.
Employers of climate change staff include the government, educational institutions, and environmental organisations and consultancy firms. Those seeking employment may find recruitment agencies to offer a range of general and specialist climate change vacancies. Climate change jobs can involve researching climate change patterns in offices, collecting land and water samples in the field, and testing field samples in specialist laboratories, meaning that candidates for these jobs must feel comfortable working in a range of environments.
Starting salaries for graduate climate change specialists may range between £18,000 and £22,000 a year, with the precise figure depending on their locality. Salaries for consultant positions, typically offered to those with two to five years experience of working in a climate change role, are between £20,000 and £30,000 a year. In addition to a basic salary, employers may offer mobile phones, laptops and company cars.