Sustainability is fast becoming critically important as the world faces mounting environmental challenges, such as climate change and resource depletion.

The UN's stark climate warning from March 2023 was even dubbed a "survival guide for humanity" by UN chief Antonio Guterres.

It's not all bad news, though...

Previously slow to act, governments and businesses around the world are finally beginning to wake up to this challenge - the UK included. Taking responsibility for acute environmental issues, as well as recognising the need (and benefits) of transitioning to a more sustainable economy has led to a growing demand for sustainable jobs which can also offer long-term job security, better working conditions, and more fulfilling careers, making them an attractive option for individuals seeking meaningful work.

Sustainable careers are on the rise, providing individuals with opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment while recognising the importance of preserving our planet for future generations. 

A sustainable career can be defined as one that contributes to sustainable development by providing social, economic, and environmental benefits. This can include careers in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, waste management, and green building, among others. The beauty of sustainable careers is that they are not limited to a specific industry or field, and individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines can find opportunities to make a difference.

In addition to job security, sustainable careers also offer individuals the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole. By working in industries and fields that promote sustainable practices, individuals can contribute to reducing carbon emissions, conserving natural resources, and promoting social and economic equity. Not only does this benefit the planet, but it also provides individuals with a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their work.

We've identified 60+ job ideas on this site that contribute to sustainability, so you can...

Explore them here (In no particular order!)

...or use the links below*

Agriculture Contractor
Animal Care Worker
Automotive Designer
Building Service Engineer
Business Analyst
Chemical Engineer
Construction Project Manager
Countryside Ranger
Design and development engineer
Electrical Engineer
Energy Engineer
Environmental consultant
Events Manager
Farm Manager
Farm Worker
Fashion Buyer
Fashion designer
Fisheries Officer
Fish Farmer
Food manufacturing inspector
Forestry worker
Furniture Restorer
Greenkeeper / Groundsperson
Horticultural Manager
HSE Manager
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Landscape Gardener
Logistics and Distribution Manager
Manufacturing Systems Engineer
Marine Biologist
Marine Ornithologist
Nature Conservation Officer
Nuclear Engineer
Personal Trainer
Plant Geneticist
Product Developer
Retail Buyer
Rural Surveyor
Soil Scientist
Structural Engineer
Subsea Engineer
Supply Chain Manager
Textile technologist
Town Planner (Urban Planner)
Travel Agent
Tree Surgeon (Arborist)
Wind Turbine Technician

*This is an illustrative but not exhaustive list of sustainability linked job ideas

Sustainable careers offer individuals the opportunity to pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers while making a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole. With the support of the government and the growing demand for sustainable practices and technologies, sustainable careers are paving the way for a greener future in the UK and beyond.

Sustainability is less a sector and more a highly diverse area that cuts across many industries – broadly, a 'job in sustainability' means performing a role that combines environmental, social and economic factors, and has a strong focus on environmental or social justice issues.

Sustainable jobs can have various skill levels and education requirements, ranging from entry-level positions to highly specialised roles that require advanced training or degrees. For example, sustainable jobs in renewable energy may include solar panel installation, wind turbine maintenance, or energy efficiency consulting. Sustainable jobs in green building may include sustainable design, green construction management, or green materials procurement.

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