Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers

(NOC 4161)

Career 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.

Duties May Include

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.

Examples of Titles

Certified ergonomist
Emergency management analyst
Energy policy analyst
Environmental Impact Analyst
Fisheries analyst
Natural and applied sciences program officer
Natural resources policy analyst
Patent agent
Scientific consultant
Technology transfer officer

Where They Work

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

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Environmental Biology Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Applied and Industrial Mathematics Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mathematics and its Applications Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Occupational Health and Safety Bachelor; Co-op
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Fleming College
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Ecosystem Management Technician Diploma
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Economics Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Science and Aviation Bachelor; Honours
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Public Affairs and Policy Management Bachelor
Public Affairs and Policy Management Bachelor; Co-op
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Modified on December 15, 2023