Chances are, whether you watch the News or read about up-and-coming college majors, you’ve heard of “sustainability jobs.” But just what are they?
Sustainability jobs are careers that typically deal with the environment and how to most efficiently utilize resources and materials in a “green” manner. Green jobs can be everything from customer relations of a wind-energy company to an architect who works on LEED-certified buildings. Generally, sustainability or green jobs are in the realms of wind power, biofuels, geothermal energy, solar energy, and green building.
Here are some examples:
1. Energy adviser. In this role, workers assess energy efficiency improvement opportunities and recommendations. They also have to consider how money can be saved while resources are being utilized for the good of the environment. College degree in a technical field or science is preferred.
2. Project management engineer. This role can relate to sustainable technology solutions. For example, workers have to consider design content, performance requirements, and compliance with standards. Four-year technical engineering degree is generally applicable.
3. Conservation director. People in this role manage land acquisition projects through community interaction and cooperation. Degrees in ecology, natural resources, or related fields are used in this position.
4. Sustainability coordinator. If someone were a sustainability coordinator for a city, this person would have to create a plan on how to incorporate green practices into the operations and community of the city. Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental management, or a related degree is required.
5. Reliability engineer. Pertaining to wind power, the responsibilities of this person include driving improvement of reliability processes and replication of countermeasures, coordinating with engineering teams, and solving problems. Bachelor’s degree required in related field.
If you’re interested in sustainability jobs, explore a college’s Office of Sustainability to see what kind of programs, certificates, or courses are offered. Also, check out our rankings of “Greenest Campuses” to get an idea of what universities value green practices and education.