The growing global focus on environmental issues such as climate change has led to a considerable expansion in environment-related jobs. Industries, businesses and government have increasingly recognised the importance of incorporating environmental perspectives into policy and practice, resulting in high demand for environmental knowledge and expertise. Environmental careers are often multidisciplinary, which makes them especially flexible, rewarding and interesting. The range of career options in both the public and private sectors is broad and not restricted to a specific area.
Environmental scientists and others working in the sector can be involved in a range of tasks, including: undertaking environmental research; developing conservation plans or programs to minimise the impact of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the environment; investigating and reporting breaches of environmental guidelines; assisting in developing policies, strategies and codes of practice on environmental management and conducting environmental audits.
Environmental careers in the public sector are generally focused in the areas of environmental management, research, regulation and policy development. In the private sector there are many opportunities for environmental specialists. Private companies, especially those involved with petrol, oil and mining, must incorporate sustainable practices (social, economic and environmental) into all levels of their operation.
What you need
- An environmental science degree or a generalist degree with an environmental major, or
- A degree in one of these fields with relevant units: arts, environmental engineering, agricultural science, journalism, ecotourism, environmental law
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