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6 Great Reasons to Consider a Career in Environmental Management

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Have you always dreamed of a global career where you can make a real difference in the world? Do you like the idea of inspiring others and leading your own team? Have you got a passion for both science and the environment? Then a career in environmental management could be the ideal pursuit for you.

Still not sure? Read on and discover six great reasons why you might want to consider a career in environmental management and how studying at The University of Queensland, which ranked first in Australia and 14th in the world for environmental sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, can help get you there.

You can change the world for the better

If a career in helping others and making an impact sounds fulfilling to you then look no further.

“I enjoy the near-to immediate positive impact of our projects, on the local environment and community,” said Romain Mari, Master of Environmental Management graduate of The University of Queensland.

As an environmental manager you’ll be responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of public, private, or even voluntary organizations and ensuring they’re compliant with environmental regulations in air quality, waste, clean water, and pollution.

Other responsibilities include managing environmental strategy budgets, ensuring compliance with environmental legislation, as well as coordinating public hearings and consultations on environmental matters.

With so many possibilities as far as which sector you can work in, there are many different ways you can make a difference in the world.

Want to combat air pollution? The Master of Environmental Management can equip you with the skills needed to tackle this important issue. Worried about the quality of drinking water? Work for a company that ensures rules and regulations are adhered to in order to keep water clean. Concerned about wildlife conservation? Work as an environmental manager for national parks and wildlife conservation agencies all over the world.

You’re a champion of the environment and science


Have you always had a keen interest in science? Always cared about the environment and wanted to help it in any way you can? A career in environmental management is the perfect combination of both!

You’re analytical, well-organized, and enjoy leading a team

If you found yourself saying yes, yes, and yes to the above then you may well be the perfect fit for a career in environmental management.

If you’re unsure about leading a team, the Master of Environmental Management can equip you with the leadership and managerial skills you need to excel. Other skills that can help set you up for success are excellent communication skills, attention to detail, a methodical approach to work, and great time management.

The job outlook is great

An increase in public awareness of environmental hazards and sustainability, as well as a dramatic rise in populations is likely to contribute to the rising demand for those who have the specialist knowledge and skills to lead the pack as an environmental manager.

The average growth rate for occupations relating to environmental management is set to grow by eight percent between 2018-2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which leads us nicely on to our next reason…

You can work anywhere in the world

From Australia to Europe to the United States and beyond, environmental management is truly a global career – and a master’s degree in environmental management can be a great way to help get you where you want to be.

After completing your master’s degree in Australia, you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the unique Australian environment by working locally in Brisbane or anywhere in the country.

Depending on your location and role, your work could see you developing and preparing strategic framework, policy and procedures, conducting live field research, maintaining biodiversity conservation and monitoring activities for land management, and so much more. You’ll enjoy the ability to apply your skills to various work opportunities right across the globe.

The average salary isn’t so bad either

Did we mention that working as an environmental manager pays fairly well?

You can earn an average salary of AUD$85,300 (~US$54,317), according to the 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

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Written by Kelsey Van Scoy
Kelsey Van Scoy is a Content Marketing Manager for QS North America. She creates content to help drive event promotion. She also creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities around the world. She attended St. Edward's University in Austin, TX where she earned a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric with a specialization in journalism.  

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