How to become a Sustainability Officer

Sustainability officers work to create enduring communities that have a positive environmental, economical and social impact.

Personal requirements of a Sustainability Officer

  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Able to think strategically
  • Interested in the environment and communities
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Sustainability Officer

You can become a sustainability officer by studying sustainability, environmental science or environmental science and management at university. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a relevant field, followed by a postgraduate qualification in sustainability or environmental management. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain a Year 12 qualification. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in English and mathematics is normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Sustainability Officer

Sustainability officers:

  • prepare grants and partnership proposals
  • assess a city or business’s programmes to determine their environmental impact, and make recommendations to avoid or lessen impacts
  • investigate, recommend and implement renewable energy, water conservation, waste and recycling and other environmental management programmes
  • provide information to the public about environmentally sustainable methods and projects
  • represent organisations in public forums
  • strategically advocate for sustainable approaches to projects
  • develop sustainability programmes.

Working conditions for a Sustainability Officer

Sustainability officers may work indoors, or visit sites relevant to an environmental management programme.

Employment Opportunities for a Sustainability Officer

Opportunities exist within state and federal government departments, city councils and private organisations.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,779

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 27.5%

NT 3.9%

QLD 22.9%

SA 6%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 17.9%

WA 16.9%

Hours worked:

43

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 59%

Female 41%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 4.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 27.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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