Natural and applied science policy researchers and related

Natural and applied science policy researchers and related

NOC
4161

- Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

Conduct research, prepare reports, provide consultation and administer programs in a variety of areas related to the natural and applied sciences.

Quick facts

3-Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3-Year Job Openings

34
 

Median Hourly Wage

$36.47
$20.00
Low
$51.28
High

Median Salary

$59,733
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

346
 

% Working Full Time

92%
 

% Working Full Year

82%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, prepare reports, provide consultation and advice and administer programs in a variety of areas related to the natural and applied sciences. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, computer and office furniture manufacturers, educational institutions, research organizations, consulting firms, environmental and conservation organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Ergonomists or human factors specialists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research and advise on, and intervene in the physical, social and psychological interrelationships between persons, their equipment and working or living environments to ensure that the design, configuration and use of equipment, procedures and environmental conditions maximize safety, productivity and comfort.

Occupational or industrial hygienists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Study, evaluate and control physical, chemical and biological hazards and stresses in the workplace
  • Report and document investigations and conclusions
  • Suggest changes to work environments and processes
  • Provide information to workers and managers or employers on methods to reduce the risk of injury or illness from specific occupational hazards
  • May teach safe work procedures, participate in emergency response planning, testify at hearings and report findings at scientific conferences or in scientific journals.

Patent agents perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Advise clients on elements of patent law and on the patentability of inventions
  • Conduct patent searches
  • Prepare patent applications
  • Represent clients before the patent office.

Technology transfer officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Transfer and integrate new technologies, usually from university or government research and development environments, to commercial and industrial applications and ensure the protection of intellectual property of researchers and developers.

Science policy and program officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research and advise on policies or develop or administer programs related to transportation, emergency preparedness, communications, natural resources, agriculture, the environment, traditional and alternative energy technologies, land use, recycling and other scientific fields
  • Promote public awareness and education on issues such as utilization of natural resources, the environment, and reprocessing and reduction of waste.

Also Known As

  • certified ergonomist
  • emergency management analyst
  • emergency preparedness planner
  • energy policy analyst
  • environmental impact analyst
  • environmental issues lobbyist
  • environmental program development supervisor
  • ergonomics specialist
  • fisheries analyst
  • industrial hygienist
  • natural and applied sciences program officer
  • natural resources policy analyst
  • occupational hygienist
  • recycling program co-ordinator
  • scientific consultant
  • technology transfer officer
  • transportation safety analyst
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related scientific or technical discipline is usually required for occupations in this unit group.
  • A master's degree in a related scientific discipline may be required.
  • Certification through the Canadian College of Certified Professional Ergonomists is required to use the title "Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE)". Membership with the Association of Canadian Ergonomists may be required.
  • Occupational hygienists may require certification by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists.
  • Patent agents require 12 months of work experience in the patent field and successful completion of examinations set by the Commissioner of Patents. They may also be required to be listed in the register of patent agents.
  • Occupations in this group that are involved in green building design and technologies development may require the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification offered by the Canadian Green Building Council.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

41.2%
Female
58.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

4.1%
15-24
20.5%
25-34
23.3%
35-44
30.1%
45-54
19.2%
55-64
2.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
9.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
2.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
22.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
65.3%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

47.1%
Public administration
27.9%
Professional, scientific and technical services
7.4%
Utilities
17.6%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

8.20%
Northeast
26.00%
Southeast
23.30%
Southwest
38.40%
Central
4.10%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$47,353
Northeast
$47,457
Southeast
$91,298
Southwest
$73,844
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$36.57
$19.23
Low
$48.87
High
No Data Available

Central

$36.47
$20.00
Low
$51.28
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$59,733

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$73,988

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$59,733

Newfoundland

$76,210

Prince Edward Island

$56,553

Nova Scotia

$56,218

Canada

$71,515
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3-Year

34
 

New Jobs: 3-Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3-Year

33
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10-Year

114
 

New Jobs: 10-Year

5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10-Year

110