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An Environmental consultant will work with organisations to conduct environmental assessments to ascertain the likely impact of any future developments and uses this to educate companies, minimise impact and inform the local area about developments.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You can start by doing an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.

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

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geoscience
  • ecology
  • agricultural science

It's becoming more common for employers to ask for a postgraduate qualification, as well as some experience of working in an environmental setting.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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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.

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. You can get experience by:

  • volunteering for an environmental charity
  • applying for internships
  • studying towards a qualification that includes industry experience

Organisations who offer volunteering opportunities include:

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management have more information about careers in the environment.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into an associate role, or senior or principal consultant position. You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.

Other options include lecturing or running your own consultancy business.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Geoscientist
  • Commercial energy assessor
  • Town planner
  • Recycling officer

Required Skills

  • A keen interest in the environment, wildlife and ecology
  • Good business and commercial awareness
  • Competent IT skills
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Good project management skills
  • Good presentation skills

Salary Range

£22,000 to £60,000

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