41400 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers



41400 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
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.


Index of titles
Agricultural association analyst
Agricultural issues lobbyist
Bioscience officers - Canadian armed forces
Certified ergonomist
Certified industrial hygienist
Communications policy researcher
Disaster emergency response planner
Emergency management analyst
Emergency preparedness planner
Energy policy analyst
Energy program officer
Environmental advisor (except engineer)
Environmental consultant (except engineer)
Environmental education consultant
Environmental impact analyst
Environmental issues lobbyist
Environmental lobbyist
Environmental program coordinator
Environmental program development supervisor
Environmental program manager
Environmental project manager
Ergonomics consultant
Ergonomics specialist
Fisheries analyst
Fisheries program officer
Human factors engineer
Human factors specialist (except engineer)
Industrial hygienist
Industrial waste reduction program coordinator
Interface ergonomist
Multimedia ergonomist
Municipal recycling program coordinator
Natural and applied sciences consultant
Natural and applied sciences policy advisor
Natural and applied sciences policy analyst
Natural and applied sciences program officer
Natural and applied sciences researcher
Natural resources planner
Natural resources policy analyst
Occupational hygiene officer
Occupational hygienist
Patent agent
Patent searcher
Program coordinator - environmental organization
Recycling coordinator - residuals management
Recycling program coordinator
Regional recycling and waste reduction program coordinator
Registered occupational hygienist
Registered patent agent
Scientific consultant
Solid waste program coordinator
Solid waste program manager
Sustainability advisor
Sustainability consultant
Sustainability officer
Sustainability program coordinator
Sustainability specialist
Technology transfer officer
Transportation program analyst
Transportation safety analyst
Waste diversion consultant
Waste diversion program coordinator
Waste diversion program manager
Waste management program coordinator
Waste reduction and recycling officer
Waste reduction education program officer
Waste reduction program coordinator
Wind energy analyst
Work site analyst
Work site auditor


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Ergonomists or human factors specialists
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
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
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
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
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.


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.


Additional information
Progression to supervisory or managerial positions in these fields is possible with experience.


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