Green Careers Week: 7 to 12 November 2022
Green Careers Week aims to promote any career that helps to protect and restore the planet.
Importance of green careers
The UK government aims to reach net zero in all sectors of the economy by 2050. Net zero means the amount of greenhouse gas we take out of the environment is the same as the amount we produce. You can read more about the Net Zero Strategy.
Many jobs can make a positive impact in different ways. Any career that helps the UK work towards net zero could be considered a green career.
You can also learn new skills in different industries whilst helping to protect the future of the planet.
Environment, science and engineering green careers
Countryside officers give advice on how to manage, protect and improve the rural environment. You could conduct surveys, write reports and support local environmental events.
Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner
Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners make sure companies work in an ethical way. You could create a sustainability strategy and make sure companies do not cause harm to the environment.
Recycling engagement officer
Recycling engagement officers run local recycling and sustainability schemes. You could also promote recycling in the community and give advice on waste management.
Wind turbine technician
Wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind farm turbines. You could work in rural areas or at sea to install, test and fix wind turbines.
Green careers in all industries
To make positive changes to become net zero, businesses need people to plan, carry out and maintain these changes.
For example, in most industries you could be a:
- business analyst who looks into what a business does and gives advice on the best way to make improvements
- digital marketing executive who works with clients to create campaigns, promote messages and develop a brand that is sustainable
- product designer who creates new products and improves existing ones, including reducing the environmental impact of a product
- project manager who organises tasks, resources and people to complete a project on time
Future green careers
You might already be in a job that is becoming greener. This could give you the opportunity to identify and learn new skills. Here are some careers that are beginning to change.
Construction labourers work on practical tasks on construction sites. You might need to learn retrofitting skills to make older buildings more energy efficient.
Health and safety adviser
Health and safety advisers work to reduce accidents, injury and health problems in the workplace. You might need to learn new green standards and processes for safety in the workplace.
Motor mechanics repair and service cars and vans. You might need to work with high voltage batteries on hybrid or electric cars.
Roofers repair and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and fit roof insulation. You might need to learn to fit solar panels onto roofs.
Skills and qualifications
You'll need different skills and qualifications for any green career.
You might already have transferable skills like communication or leadership. Or you might need specific technical skills and qualifications. You can explore careers to find information for a certain job.
You can also find a course to get a qualification. You might be able to get a free qualification if you're eligible.
If you're an adult, you might also be able to do a free Skills Bootcamp in green skills. These include a range of courses such as domestic retrofitting installation and strategies for a sustainable and circular economy.
Get involved with Green Careers Week
If you're a teacher, you can download the green careers resource pack to get students thinking about green careers.
You can also follow Green Careers Week on Twitter to find out more.