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Environmental Careers | Jobs in Environment


The profile of the environment has never been higher. It has become a global political issue, with climate change affecting our water supplies, health, ecosystems and economies. But the environment is not only of social and economic importance; it provides employment in safeguarding our environmental assets and securing a sustainable future.

The environmental sector in the UK sees over 400,000 people employed in 17,000 companies with an annual turnover of £25 billion – this is approximately the same as the pharmaceuticals and aerospace sectors. If you also include the 500,000 volunteer workers in environmental and land-based organisations and the million people working in food chain and rural sectors, which use about 80 percent of the UK’s total landmass the statistics are even more impressive.

With ever tighter environmental regulation, rapidly increasing technological development and finite natural resources, the market for environmental industries in the UK alone is expected to reach £34 billion in 2010 and to increase to £46 billion by 2015. The global picture is for the market in environmental goods and services to rise from £278 billion to £410 billion by 2015. And the International Energy Agency predicts that £8 trillion of investment in new energy sources will be required over the next 15 years.

The sector can be divided into:

  • Agriculture and science;
  • Animal-related;
  • Environmental conservation and rural management;
  • Fresh produce;
  • Nurseries and garden centres; and
  • Gardens, landscape and design.

Most environmental organisations also need the services of non-environmentally trained specialists, such as lawyers, accountants, human resource managers, public relations, sales and marketing, conference organisers and fundraisers. Becoming qualified and having experience in one of these areas could give you access to a career in the environment.

There are many opportunities, challenges and rewards for people who pursue a career in the environment and although you are unlikely to earn enormous salaries your job satisfaction will be immense.  

Get started on the path to an environmental career by signing up to one of our environmental courses today...

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