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With increasing awareness about environmental issues, organizations are facing mounting pressure to reduce their impact on the environment. This has led to a high demand for qualified professionals in the sustainability field. 

What does a career in sustainability involve? While industries contribute in different ways, all aim to prevent the depletion of natural resources, analyze the current ecological impact of organizations, and promote sustainable practices 

Below is an example of sustainable industry roles and qualifications needed to land a job in them. 

Environmental Science  

  • Overview: An environmental scientist is a person who studies the natural environment to determine how to best protect it. Environmental scientists study how human activity affects the wider environment, and they also help formulate policy solutions to address climate concerns.  
  • Skills: Analytical, Communication, Interpersonal, Problem-Solving, Attention to Detail 
  • Degrees: BS in Environmental Science or a related field (Agricultural Science, Ecosystem Science, Geography, Plant Science, Soil Science, Ecology or Evolutionary Biology) 
  • Experience: Internships, Volunteering, Certifications, field analyst, environmental researcher, research assistant or environmental science technician. 

Green Construction 

  • Overview: The combination of construction and using eco-friendly methods to build homes, offices, and factories is a great way to improve and sustain the environment. 
  • Skills: Attention to Detail, Computer, Math, Communication, Multi-Tasking 
  • Degrees: BA or BS in Construction Management or related field 
  • Experience: Internship/Entry-Level Job, Certification in Green Building 

Sustainable Fashion  

  • Overview: Sustainable fashion jobs focus on the ethical manufacture of fabrics and clothing. This includes focusing on sustainable design, sourcing from renewable supplies, and following ecofriendly standards when considering materials and the environmental impact of apparel. 
  • Skills: Knowledge of industry trends and the ability to multitask in a deadline-oriented environment 
  • Degrees: Varies depending on the job – from High School Diploma to BA in Fashion or related field. 
  • Experience: Internship 

Clean Technology 

  • Overview: Clean Tech is the application of technology to minimize human consumption of natural resources by making efficient use of them or finding options to reduce the effect of human interaction on the natural world.  
  • Skills: From Environmental Scientists to Electricians, Green Technology jobs require diverse knowledge and skills. While job scopes may vary, they all have the same vision: to decrease the environmental impact of using renewable resources. 
  • Degrees: BS or higher in Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, or other related fields 

 When it comes to sustainability, it is important to not only understand it but also consider how you can make a positive impact using your unique skills and knowledge. No matter what your profession may be, there are always opportunities to pursue a more sustainable career path, whether it be by seeking out sustainable companies to work for or integrating sustainable practices into your current job. By taking these steps, you can contribute to a more sustainable future for all. 

Nicole Garza
Nicole Garza

Nicole Garza is Atrium's Recruitment Marketing Manager. As a result of her 10+ years of experience, she has a constant pulse on the latest hiring trends and candidate attraction strategies.