Environment and Agriculture
Careers in the environment industry are often sectioned off as two groups: environment and agriculture.
The environmental industry consists of activities which produce goods and services to measure, prevent, limit and minimise or correct environmental damage to water, air and soil, as well as problem related to waste, noise and eco-systems. Dealing with waste management, air pollution, water and waste, along with environmental services and equipment, in a rapidly growing industry
The environmental sector is very diverse, as such it is impossible to cover all of the potential areas you could work in. Though hardly known to the general public, environmental technologies, products and services have grown to match the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in size. The unclear definition of the industry may cause confusion in the application of World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. With the promising advancements in environmental biotechnology, there’s no telling what to expect in the future.
In the UK nearly 500,000 people work in the UK environment industry whilst the US employs over 1.6 million people.
This sector requires practical/technical knowledge and skills where possible, so it is possible to acquire work experience without a degree within this field. However, it is beneficial to have a postgraduate degree in this field for research roles as well as for highly competitive roles such as consultancy jobs. Employers are keen to see personal motivations and an interest in environmental or sustainability issues, physical fitness (outdoor roles), team working skills. Often Business awareness or management skills will also be very useful.
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