Are you interested in the environment?
Do you want to make the world a better place to live in?
Then a career in Wildlife, Energy and Environment could be the right choice for you!
Professionals working in these areas strive to create a better environment for all to live in including addressing environmental issues such as pollution, analysing new energy sources and taking care of animals.
Job roles in this sector cover a wide range of exciting professions ranging from Zookeepers and Veterinary Surgeons to Environmental Consultants and Recycling Officers.
Specific areas of work
This sector is divided in the following three key areas:
1) Wildlife and Agriculture
This area of the sector covers a number of inter-related fields such as crops, livestock, animal-care, trees and timber and fisheries management. The professionals that work in these fields tend to focus more on produce and services rather than environmental conservation.
This area covers the bulk of all the professions in this field and it’s directly related to the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment.
Professionals working in this part of the sector typically work related to water, air and waste management, reduction of pollution and Biodiversity protection.
Finally, the Energy area of this sector is concerning the capturing, extraction, refining, distribution and utilisation of a variety of energy sources. Professionals working in this area can work in broad range of areas such as renewable energy, electricity, gas, nuclear and petroleum.
Education and qualifications
Junior and entry-level jobs such as zookeeper do not have any formal entry requirements and only require good GCSEs or equivalent.
More senior and technical positions in this sector tend to be based on specialist knowledge, consultancy work and working with large companies or government bodies and therefore a degree in a specialised related area is often a requirement for these types of jobs.
A degree in any of the following topics would support a strong application:
- Biological Science
- Environmental and Earth Sciences
- Urban and Land Studies
- Business/ Management
In some rare cases employers will expect to see evidence of further studies such as Masters or PhD but this is not the case for the vast majority of job positions across the sector.
Skills and personal attributes
- Communication skills: Professionals within this sector are often required to work in large teams of consultants and support staff and therefore it is vital that members within these teams are able to communicate effectively with each other, customers and any third-parties.
- Drive: This is such a passionate sector and many of the professionals working within it have a drive and to want to be part of making the planet a better and more pleasant place to live in. Enjoying your job has always been considered as one of the cornerstones of success in life.
- Written skills: Many professionals in this sector are often expected to write reports or produce documentation for the work they are doing. It is therefore it is vital that individuals can produce clear and concise reports which can be understood by both technical and nontechnical people.
- Team working skills: Many organisations hire large groups of specialists within these areas to work on developing policies and enhancing change. It is therefore vital that individuals are capable of working with others to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Specialist knowledge: It is vital that professionals in this sector have a specialist understanding of the area in which they are working in, particularly when working as a consultant or an expert.
Pay and benefits
This sector often takes individuals in at a graduate level for mid-high level positions and it is very rare that an individual will be able to obtain such a position without a degree.
Starting salaries in this sector are considered to be very generous averaging around £25,000 to £35,000, with a median of £32,500 according to The Graduate Market in 2015, High Fliers. Salaries can increase to and in excess of £55,000 with relevant work experience.
The salaries for entry-level positions range from £14.000 to £18.000.
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
Likes and advantages
- Variety: Professionals in this sector are often open to a variety of different tasks and this is mostly down to the scientific developments that are happening on a daily basis or due to changes in company or government policies.
- Travel: This sector can offer travel to so many of its professionals; from attending energy conferences in capital cities around the world to working with wildlife charities in Africa.
- Important: Taking care of our environment and wildlife in order to ensure that the planet is passed on to the next generation in the same way that we have inherited it is an important job and definitely worth waking up for in the morning with a smile!
- Self-employed: As many professionals who work in this sector are consultants for organisations or government bodies, once they have the correct qualifications many have the opportunity to become self-employed which gives them great flexibility and freedom as it relates to their hours and holidays.
- Experience: This role gives professionals the opportunity to gain experience working in many different fields, carrying out numerous different tasks. It is very rare that an individual working in this sector will work on similar projects throughout their career.
- Desk Job: This sector often requires numerous reports and documents being produced in order to gain support from external sources and individuals may be spending a lot of time on their desks for research and writing purposes.
- Admin work: For those who are starting at entry-level may be expected to complete admin tasks, especially those who are classified as interns or apprentices.
Wildlife, energy and environment issues are pressing issues within international politics and as such governments are constantly looking for the support of professionals to develop policies, implement laws and realise developments. This industry has seen a growth in the past few years and it’s expected that it will continue with this trend in the years ahead.