Do you like working outdoors in the fresh air, or like the idea of working with animals? You might like working with engines or machinery, or help save the world from the impact of global warming! If this all seems wide ranging, then you will find that this career area stretches across many disciplines, abilities and areas of expertise, from science, forestry, to fishing or mechanics!
The aquaculture industry in Scotland as part of their Aquaculture 2030 strategy hope to increase the number of jobs from around 8,800 to 18,000.
Lantra have also developed a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) resource which highlights how STEM is used within land-based, environmental conservation and aquaculture careers. Positive feedback was received with other organisations including Confor and Planit requesting use of the resource, further extending its reach.
This career area is concerned with the natural world and appeals to those interested in animal care, the countryside, planting and landscaping, and the environment.
The jobs and courses for this area are in eight sectors: agriculture, aquaculture and fishing, arboriculture and horticulture, earth studies, environmental and rural resource management, environmental services, forestry and working with animals.
According to Lantra (the Sector Skills Council for food based and environmental businesses), advances in technology, such as automation to reduce human labour, means there is increasing demand for highly skilled staff in this industry. As well as essential skills and knowledge, for example, health and safety, literacy and numeracy, the most sought-after skills are:
In many cases, job prospects can depend on where you live, or are prepared to live, as well as on the type of work you do and your qualifications.
Growing awareness of climate change and the need for sustainable development is also creating opportunities for younger entrants with transferable skills.