Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
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.
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk RevitAll Technologies
Extensible markup language XML
Geographic information system GIS software
Structured query language SQL
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
Life cycle assessment LCA software
Online database search and retrieval software
PE INTERNATIONAL GaBi software
PE INTERNATIONAL SoFi software
PRe Consultants SimaPro
Social media sites
Web browser software
Word processing software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
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.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Teaching others how to do something.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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.
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