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Environmental consultant

Environmental consultants advise on sustainability, including waste management, recycling, flood risk and the effects of climate change.

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £43,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Environmental consultant jobs in 2026.
In your local area

Day to day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • explore sites for new developments like power stations or wind farms
  • work out environmental risks from industrial or commercial projects
  • collect and analyse survey data from sites
  • write scientific reports and present findings
  • report organisations that do not meet environmental laws and regulations
  • respond to environmental accidents and manage clean-up operations
  • provide policy advice to businesses, landowners and the government

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
University

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.

Entry requirements

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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Apprenticeship

You can start by doing an environmental practitioner degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Volunteering and work experience

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.

Organisations who offer volunteering opportunities include:

You can find more opportunities through the Countryside Jobs Service.

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Career tips

As a graduate you could look for postgraduate training positions offered through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

In a KTP, you would get the opportunity to run a research project together with an organisation and a university or research body. You may also work towards postgraduate qualifications.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Society for the Environment for professional development and networking.

Further information

You can discover more about environmental work and training through the:Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management; Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

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With experience, you could:move into an associate, senior or principal consultant position; apply for chartered environmentalist status; work as a lecturer; run your own consultancy business; work in research

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of geography
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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