Environmental managers work for organisations in the private, public and voluntary sector to oversee the environmental performance and work on improvements and sustainability.
You could be:
- making sure your organisation meets national targets for protecting the environment
- setting up environmental management and auditing systems for the organisation
- checking that your organisation obeys environmental laws and applying for necessary licences or permits
- managing and checking environmental assessments
- ensuring that goods and services are from sustainable sources
- organising pollution control, recycling and conservation
- assessing and reducing environmental risks and costs
- raising awareness of the environment among employees and running training courses
- managing projects, writing environmental reports and developing best practices and sustainability targets for your organisation.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
- where you work
- the size of the company or organization you work for
- the demand for the job.
Salaries for environmental managers are usually around £21,000 to £35,000 a year. Senior managers may earn up to £50,000 or more.
- You would spend part of your working day in an office.
- You may have to spend some time outdoors depending on the type of employer.
- You might have to travel to different sites.
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- Entrants usually have an HNC (SCQF Level 7), HND (SCQF Level 8) or degree (SCQF Levels 9-11).
- For entry to an HNC or HND course you normally need 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 5. A degree course usually requires 4-5 Highers.
- Relevant subjects include environmental engineering, business, sciences or ecology.
- Some employers may prefer a business qualification and experience of the organisation’s operations.
- It helps if you have some work experience.
- A driving licence may be useful.
You could find work in national or local government, retail, manufacturing, energy, construction, food and drink companies or service industries.
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What Does it Take?
You need to be:
- committed to protecting the environment
- well organised and able to manage projects
- a good negotiator
- able to encourage and manage change
- good at solving problems
- able to identify and develop best practices
- able to earn the respect and understanding of other staff
- able to understand all legislation relating to environment, pollution and waste management.
You should have:
- IT skills
- business skills and commercial awareness
- excellent communication and presentation skills.
- There is no set career path for environmental managers. Progression will depend on the employer.
- It helps to become a member of one of the related professional bodies.
- You could become a self-employed consultant.
- You may be able to move into training or lecturing.
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