Have you heard the saying "It's not what you know but who you know." In this "new normal" economy, knowledge and relationships as well as strong skills are the keys to acquiring high level environmental jobs. If you are a environmental engineering or science graduate or experienced environmental professional seeking a new position, here are some important knowledge areas and skills you need to showcase in your resume in 2013 .
- Knowledge of Environmental Regulations: New and updated environmental regulations will force companies to find ways to stay in compliance. Environmental professionals will have to translate these changes into solutions that meet compliance and lessen financial liabilities. Environmental regulations are a key driver for the creation of environmental jobs.
- Knowledge of Sustainability Principles: It is important to understand that Sustainability has different definitions and levels of acceptance in different industries. If you are seeking corporate environmental jobs, learning these definitions and how to develop profit streams from them will lead stronger opportunities.
- Business Development/Sales : Relationships are a key component of environmental jobs. Environmental professionals must have "relationship capital" ( ie. trust and expertise) with qualified clients, regulators and stakeholders to sell their services and bring in profits over the long term
- Technical Skills & Knowledge of New Environmental Technologies: Professionals who can execute the basic technical tasks of their profession using the latest environmental technologies will find it somewhat easier to protect their careers because they can pursue opportunities in consulting, corporate and entrepreneurship.
- Financial Management & Project Funding: Many new environmental projects will require private investment, alternate funding sources like crowd funding and a higher level of financial accountability. There will many clients who will be dependent on these resources to pay for their projects. Strong environmental consultants will know how to pull these funds together.
- Project Management: Environmental professionals will have to be more adept at project management; coaching, motivating and recruiting people as well as interpreting the new domestic and international environmental regulations. All of these areas will have a significant impact on the profitability and delivery of projects.
- Knowledge of Cyber Security: Why would an environmental professional need to know about this? Good question. Certain parts of our country's infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber attacks and could be used create massive disasters, if breached. Many new environmental jobs in the information technology space will focus on infrastructure cyber security, disaster prevention and recovery.
- Political & Legal Savvy: Environmental and infrastructure projects are often politically charged because of the fight between environmental concerns and the need to create jobs. Environmental professionals will have to navigate these issues without losing sight of their client's objectives. Further, they will have to learn how to engage the public on complex environmental topics.
Environmental Jobs Will Be Hot For Years to Come. Are You Ready?
In a past articles, we have discussed how much the environmental industry has grown and some of the sectors that growing faster than average. I will continue this trend but I want to hear from our readers. Here is what I like to know
- What areas of the environmental sectors interest you?
- What jobs do you want to know more about?
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