Sustainability Specialists

Business Management & Administration > Operations Management

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Address organizational sustainability issues, such as waste stream management, green building practices, and green procurement plans.

Common job titles of Sustainability Specialists include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 53.57% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 28.57% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Provide technical or administrative support for sustainability programs or issues.

    Create or maintain plans or other documents related to sustainability projects.

    Research or review regulatory, technical, or market issues related to sustainability.

    Monitor or track sustainability indicators, such as energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.

    Assess or propose sustainability initiatives, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and acceptance.

    Review and revise sustainability proposals or policies.

    Develop sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other sustainability professionals.

    Collect information about waste stream management or green building practices to inform decision makers.

    Create marketing or outreach media, such as brochures or Web sites, to communicate sustainability issues, procedures, or objectives.

    Develop reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.

    Identify or procure needed resources to implement sustainability programs or projects.

    Write grant applications, rebate applications, or project proposals to secure funding for sustainability projects.

    Identify or investigate violations of natural resources, waste management, recycling, or other environmental policies.

    Identify or create new sustainability indicators.


Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

All Tools

Computer data input scanners


Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Revit

All Technologies

Bentley MicroStation

Extensible markup language XML

Geographic information system GIS software

Google Analytics


Microsoft Excel

Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft Visio

SAP software

Structured query language SQL


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite

Esri ArcGIS

Life cycle assessment LCA software

Microsoft Publisher

Online database search and retrieval software

Oracle software



PRe Consultants SimaPro


Social media sites

Web browser software

Word processing software


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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