Advise on sustainability, waste management, recycling, flood risk and the effects of climate change.

What does an environmental consultant do?

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • exploring the suitability of sites for developments like power stations or wind farms
  • working out environment risks from industries like energy or chemical production
  • going out to sites to collect contamination data and then analysing it
  • writing scientific reports and presenting findings
  • reporting organisations that don't meet environmental laws and regulations
  • responding to environmental accidents and managing clean-up operations
  • providing advice to industry or government

What do I need to do to become an environmental consultant?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of geography
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Analytics
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • People management
  • Problem solving
  • Word processing

Academic route

  • You'll usually need a degree in environmental science, environmental studies or a related subject

Academic route

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geoscience
  • ecology
  • agricultural science

Vocational route

  • You can start by doing an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship.
  • Volunteering is a great way of getting experience and a taste of environmental work. It will also give you the opportunity to develop your skills and make contacts.

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography

Where to find out more

Career tips

As a graduate you could look for postgraduate training opportunities offered through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

In a KTP you would get the opportunity to run a research project together with an industrial organisation and a university or research body. You may also work towards postgraduate qualifications.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Society for the Environment for professional development and networking opportunities.

Further information

You can discover more about environmental work and training through the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.


Where could I be working?

You could work in an office or at a client's business. Your working environment may mean you'll travel often and be outdoors some of the time.

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