Home > Vocational Learning > Training For A Career In Environmental Projects

Training For A Career In Environmental Projects

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 15 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Environmental Careers Conservation

Pursuing a career in an area which relates to environmental concerns is always going to appeal to those who wish to affect change in the way our future and that of the planet’s is shaped. In fact, environmental concerns are never far from the top of the news agenda whether those concerns are about global warming, recycling, conservation, agriculture, energy and fuel production, CO2 emissions etc. - all of these areas are just some which are being currently addressed by governments the world over and will continue to do so.

The vast majority of careers will be more in demand on both the engineering and research side as the impetus to meet specific deadlines and targets which have been set out by governments across the world and to find alternative solutions to existing practices which have an environmental effect on us all is going to become even more urgent over the next decade or so.

Qualifications

If you’re looking to pursue a career which has an engineering element to it, you could end up working in areas such as land reclamation, waste management or pollution control, for example and if these types of occupations typify the kind of career you’re looking to follow, then you’ll usually be required to have an appropriate degree to break in.

In addition, science graduates are also in high demand as researchers into environmental causes and effects as it’s often the case that it necessary to carry out proper scientific research before any recommendations for action can be considered. However, you are not limited to entering a career relating to environmental issues simply by having a degree because, to affect change, it’s also necessary to have people at the grass roots level. Therefore, there are many different routes into this sector via apprenticeships and NVQs. However, for research posts, you’d normally be expected to have some kind of chemistry or biology degree. However, as an adult learner whether it’s as an environmental engineer or as a researcher, you should note that you won’t necessarily need A levels to go on to university. As a mature student, you might find that an Access certificate and/or significant environmental or conservation type work experience might be enough to get you onto a course.

The Importance Of Some Kind Of Qualification

Whatever level you choose to go in at, however, it is important that you should study some form of course if you want to really make a go of a career within environmental projects because as the urgency in tackling issues of environmental concern grows even stronger, it will be those with some form of recognised qualification that will reap the most benefit whilst some of the present lesser-skilled jobs in environmentally-related projects is more likely to decline. Of course, there will always be some opportunities where you’ll be able to carve out a career for yourself with some on the job training but if you’re looking to progress further, you’ll normally need to have an NVQ level 2 qualification or its equivalent.

Typical Jobs

Typical roles within environmental projects include:

  • Animal Care
  • Fisheries Management
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Park Ranger
  • Zookeeper
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Environmental Health Officer

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • I do not have a nick
    Re: Adult Learners' Week
    i can not read so i need someone who can teach me how to read thans
    20 September 2020
  • Maz
    Re: Adult Dyslexia Assessment Explained
    Got told I had dyslexia and I was in Spain but they didn't give me anything to prove it now I need to do my driving test…
    19 June 2020
  • Crazyguider
    Re: Teaching Adults as a Career
    I’ve just completed level 3 diploma in stlps and am considering going on teach adult literacy. What quals do I need?
    30 May 2020
  • Ose
    Re: Teaching Adults as a Career
    Hi i am a Nigerian and i need an advice, am 33 years of age without any qualification and am very much interested in having one now…
    15 May 2020
  • Sal
    Re: Arts & Crafts Courses for the Home
    Hello, I am 45 years old and warehouse operative by profession. I do apologise for an elongated communication…
    12 May 2020
  • Mide
    Re: Teaching Adults as a Career
    I have worked in childcare for 20 yearsin a management role .I have a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood studies I am interested…
    3 May 2020
  • Asrob75
    Re: Become A Vet's Assistant
    Hi I am 45 and have no qualifications but would like to train to be a veterinary nurse assistant how do I start this process if…
    2 May 2020
  • Asrob75
    Re: Become A Vet's Assistant
    Hi I am 45 and have no qualifications but would like to train to be a veterinary nurse assistant how do I start this process if possible
    2 May 2020
  • Kiefer
    Re: Teaching Adults as a Career
    Hi, I was what the best way to search for jobs that involve teaching adults? Thank you.
    28 March 2020
  • Swansong
    Re: Teaching Adults as a Career
    Hi. I would like advice on the relevant course I need to teach adults cookery and cake decorating. I have a level 3 in cake…
    28 March 2020