Environmental Economist

An environmental economist studies the relationships between environments, natural resources, and economies. For example, an environmental economist might investigate how proposed regulations in Maine’s lobster fishery could affect the economy, the lobstermen, and the lobster population in both the short term and the long term. The general goal of environmental economics is to find policies and practices that strike a balance between our use of natural resources and the health and sustainability of those resources. Environmental economists can focus on forests, minerals, agriculture, clean water, fossil fuels, and more. Most work is in college-level teaching, research, consulting, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. A Master’s or Ph.D. is required for most positions.

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