How to become a Sustainability Specialist

A sustainability specialist is responsible for coordinating sustainability projects and initiatives. They are employed to help companies and organisations balance environmental responsibility and business efficiency.

Personal requirements of a Sustainability Specialist

  • Strong written comprehension
  • Able to work effectively within a team
  • Passion for the environment
  • Good organisational skills

Education & Training for a Sustainability Specialist

To become a sustainability specialist, you usually need a degree in environmental science. These subjects place heavy emphasis on statistical and analytical skills. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 21.1%

NT 2.8%

QLD 25.2%

SA 4.5%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 22.3%

WA 19.1%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 59.3%

Female 40.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 56%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 36.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 42.2%

Above 35 years: 59.4%

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

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