By gaining an environment-related qualification you’ll develop a range of skills that future employers are looking for and, when combined with relevant work experience (paid or unpaid), employment opportunities could open up for you in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations including:
- environmental management
- environmental policy
- environmental consultancy
- environmental education
- nature conservation
- information systems
- civil or diplomatic service
- governmental and non-governmental bodies (national and European)
- overseas development
The environment sector is expected to grow markedly over the next decade and job creation is predicted in the areas of renewable energy, recycling and waste management, energy efficiency and construction. Other emerging career areas include environmental auditing and assessment; environmental management; and environmental engineering. It’s predicted that environmental management and resource efficiency will soon be fully integrated into jobs in much the same way as health and safety or equal opportunities are today.
In the area of international development, there may be roles in administration, advocacy, fundraising, research or relief work, while environmental scientists can find opportunities in pollution control, recycling, water quality, resource and energy management, sustainability, education and conservation.
Environment and development: example roles
- nature conservation officer
- countryside manager
- environmental manager
- environmental education officer
- environmental consultant
- waste management officer
- recycling officer
- water quality scientist
- Foreign and Commonwealth officer
- civil servant
- diplomatic service officer
- European Union official
- immigration officer
- international aid/development worker
- volunteer co-ordinator
- community development worker.
For sector news, analysis and information visit The Environment Agency, the Welsh Government’s Environment and countryside pages, or the Scottish Government’s Environment pages. If you live in Ireland, visit the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Understanding the jobs market
With such a diverse range of jobs related to environment and development, your career path will depend on your particular study focus and the experience you’ve gained. The Prospects website is a good place to start – see examples of job roles listed by subject or refer to the sector information for Charities and Voluntary work or Environment and Agriculture. You can also find jobs listings, voluntary opportunities, courses and events on the Environment Jobs website. If you live in Ireland look at the relevant information on career sectors and jobs with your degree on the GradIreland website.