Environmental consultant

Alternative titles for this job include Eco consultant

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become an Environmental consultant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

You'll usually need a degree in environmental science, environmental studies or a related subject like:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geoscience
  • ecology
  • agricultural science

It's becoming more common for employers to ask for a postgraduate qualification, as well as some experience of working in an environmental setting.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

More information

Volunteering and experience

Volunteering is a great way of getting experience and a taste of environmental work. It will also give you the opportunity to develop your skills and make contacts. You can get experience by:

  • volunteering for an environmental charity
  • applying for internships
  • studying towards a qualification that includes industry experience

Organisations who offer volunteering opportunities include:

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Career tips

As a graduate you could look for postgraduate training opportunities offered through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

In a KTP you would get the opportunity to run a research project together with an industrial organisation and a university or research body. You may also work towards postgraduate qualifications.

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into an associate role, or senior or principal consultant position.

Other options include lecturing or running your own consultancy business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Environmental consultant right now.

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Courses In England

Environmental Science

  • Provider: The de Ferrers Academy
  • Start date: 05 September 2019
  • Location:

GCE AS LEVEL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

  • Provider: EXETER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: EXETER

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