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Environmental consultant

Environmental consultants advise on sustainability, including waste management, recycling, flood risk and the effects of climate change.

Potential salary
£22,000 to £60,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of geography
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • exploring the suitability of sites for developments like power stations or wind farms
  • working out environment risks from industries like energy or chemical production
  • going out to sites to collect contamination data and then analysing it
  • writing scientific reports and presenting findings
  • reporting organisations that don't meet environmental laws and regulations
  • responding to environmental accidents and managing clean-up operations
  • providing advice to industry or government

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors some of the time.

With experience, you could move into an associate role, or senior or principal consultant position. You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.

Other options include lecturing or running your own consultancy business.

You can discover more about environmental work and training through the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

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