Our Sector Snapshot series is designed to give you a quick overview of different employment sectors, including a list of resources to get more information and examples of the roles available in this area. This month, we explore careers in sustainability…
Sustainability: What can you do?
One way to define a job in sustainability is any role that ‘overlaps environmental, social and economic boundaries, and has either a strong environmental or social justice dimension.’ (EAUC.org.uk)
In practice, this means you don’t have to be working in an area like conservation or green finance to have a job in sustainability – there are a wide range of job roles in a variety of sectors.
The roles and companies offering jobs in sustainability are varied, and evolving in response to changes in political, business and social environments.
The number of people working in sustainability is also increasing as existing businesses employ people specifically to focus on sustainability and identify necessary changes to minimise sustainability risks and harness any opportunities. Plus, a growing number of ‘normal’ roles are now taking responsibility for monitoring, reporting and managing factors within the sustainability agenda as part of their regular duties.
So, don’t be surprised to see sustainability-related tasks appearing in more job descriptions in the near future!
Discover more about working in sustainability
Want to diver deeper into the world of sustainability? Check out these resources:
- Watch: LSE Careers in sustainability launch event, where we explored sustainability careers with Charles Joly (Head of Sustainability, LSE) and Acre (Sustainability recruitment and leadership development consultancy)
- Read: our blog on ‘What is a career in sustainability?’
- Explore: online profiles of LSE alumni now working in sustainability
- Learn: about B-corps on the bcorporation.uk website