Careers in the environment in Australia: results of a survey of environmental jobs

Thomas, I, Lane, R, Ribon-Tobon, L and May, C 2007, 'Careers in the environment in Australia: results of a survey of environmental jobs', Environmental Education Research, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 97-117.


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Title Careers in the environment in Australia: results of a survey of environmental jobs
Author(s) Thomas, I
Lane, R
Ribon-Tobon, L
May, C
Year 2007
Journal name Environmental Education Research
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 97
End page 117
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Internationally, commentators have identified a growing demand for environmental expertise. Matching this has been an expansion in the range of environmental careers available to workers: from environment protection and bio-physical areas, to local government operations, environmental auditing, assessment, and management. However, in Australia there is no overall picture of the types of jobs graduates in this sector have undertaken, which has limited the advice that can be given about environmental careers. To redress this situation a survey was conducted with 600 respondents working in the environment professions in Australia. The results identified a wide range of professional areas; these are grouped into 12 subcategories for three main environmental employment sectors: Environmental protection (19% of respondents), Conservation and preservation of natural resources (26%), Environmental Sustainability (55%). Respondents mainly had a bachelor-level degree; however, a substantial proportion had an honours degree or postgraduate qualification. Respondents strongly recommended undertaking work experience to acquire key general skills that they identified as important for working in the environment sector. A related suggestion was for tertiary environmental courses to have a practical focus that produces 'work-ready' students. Comparison with the situations in the UK, Canada and the USA and are also offered regarding the results and trends, and suggestions for further research.
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13504620601122814
Copyright notice © 2007 Taylor and Francis
ISSN 1350-4622
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