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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)

£23,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become an environmental consultant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship


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, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You can start by doing an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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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:

You can find more opportunities through the Countryside Jobs Service.

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Career tips

As a graduate you could look for postgraduate training positions 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.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Society for the Environment for professional development and networking.

Further information

You can discover more about environmental work and training through the:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of geography
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • explore the suitability of sites for developments like power stations or wind farms
  • work out environmental risks from industrial or commercial projects
  • collect survey data from sites and analyse it
  • write scientific reports and present findings
  • report organisations that do not meet environmental laws and regulations
  • respond to environmental accidents and manage clean-up operations
  • provide policy advice to industry, landowners and 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

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Career path and progression

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.

Other options include lecturing, research or running your own consultancy business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Degree Apprenticeship - Environmental Practitioner - Consulting

  • Wage: £21,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Degree Apprenticeship - Environmental Practitioner - Consulting

  • Wage: £23,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Environmental Science

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Havant

Environmental Science

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Nantwich

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