Environmental Management Jobs Are Growing Fast. Are You Ready?
Did you know that the environmental industry is a $312 Billion per year business sector? To most of the general public, this sector is an unknown job market unless some type of disaster strikes or if your location has a thriving energy/industrial economy. In this article we want to inform job seekers and graduates about the opportunities in this sector.
What They Do
Environmental Management has evolved over the years from a regulatory compliance role to an active strategic business partner within a company. How did this happen? When the push for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable business practices became more prominent, companies became to look toward their environmental management teams to champion their efforts.
In the industrial setting, environmental managers were already responsible for employee safety; leading contaminated site clean ups; disposing of hazardous wastes and working with regulators. Now with the new emphasis on CSR and sustainable business practices they are responsible for:
- Implementing environmental management information systems (EMIS) which track all environmental data and issues within a company.
- Developing ZERO or reduced landfill waste and waste water discharge strategies where all waste streams are reused or recycled in the company processes or developed into energy or products.
- Help corporate executives develop a “triple bottom” reporting system for investors.
These are not all of their duties but you have the main idea.
What You Should Consider
If you already have a environmental science or engineering degree and some experience with environmental projects, the path to an environmental management position maybe slightly easier. Your tasks would be to expand your network, get a certification and look for opportunities in the industries of your area. Job seekers who do not have a science or engineering degree should seek advanced training such as OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER training to get started on the path toward the job of their choice.
Certifications to Consider
Certifications like the Registered Environmental Manager (REM) can help job seekers with science backgrounds to enhance their opportunities to find the type positions they are seeking.
In the next article, we will look at the Environmental Technician career opportunities and how job seekers can get in.
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