Influences on career choice: Considerations for the environmental profession

Thomas, I 2017, 'Influences on career choice: Considerations for the environmental profession', Environmental Practice, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 115-127.

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Title Influences on career choice: Considerations for the environmental profession
Author(s) Thomas, I
Year 2017
Journal name Environmental Practice
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 115
End page 127
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract There have been strong indications of growing demand for environmental professionals. Indications are that there may not be a sufficient number of suitably qualified people for the future environment and sustainability profession. Understanding what influences people about their future careers could assist to attract people to the environmental profession. Literature and research on the topic of career choice indicates that a range of influences may be important, including an individual's demographic and social situation, and their parents, teachers/professors, and work experiences. Additional influences are information about profession/career, representations of professions on television, individual values about economic security/status, and their interest in social and/or environmental enhancement. Doing good for society or the environment has been associated with those interested in the environmental profession, and a small pilot survey of Australian undergraduate students highlighted "doing good" as the most important influence on their career decisions. These findings provide directions for how the environmental profession, and higher education programs, could be represented.
Subject Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) career choice
environmental profession
student survey
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14660466.2017.1338449
Copyright notice © 2017 National Association of Environmental Professionals
ISSN 1466-0474
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