Environmental Managers manage the development and implementation of environmental management systems within organisations by identifying, solving and alleviating environmental issues, such as pollution and waste treatment, in compliance with environmental legislation and to ensure corporate sustainable development.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in environmental science, environmental management, natural resource management, or a related field to work as an Environmental Manager. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Develops and implements environmental strategies, policies, practices and action plans to ensure corporate sustainable development.
    • Co-ordinates all aspects of pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.
    • Audits, analyses and reports environmental performance to internal and external clients and regulatory bodies.
    • Carries out impact assessments to identify, assess and reduce an organisation's environmental risks and financial costs.
    • Promotes, raises awareness and trains staff at all levels on environmental issues and responsibilities.
    • Negotiates environmental service agreements and manages associated costs and revenues.

    All Other Specialist Managers

    • $2,259 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Environmental Managers

    • 2,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 35% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Environmental Managers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Environmental Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 35% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety28.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.2
    Mining10.9
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.3
    Other Industries40.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEnvironmental ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.831.6
    VIC24.025.6
    QLD16.420.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA14.910.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT2.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEnvironmental ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-242.1-9.39.3
    25-3416.8-22.922.9
    35-4441.0-22.022.0
    45-5424.8-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEnvironmental ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate34.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.5-21.121.1
    Year 123.6-18.118.1
    Year 110.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in environmental science, environmental management, natural resource management, or a related field to work as an Environmental Manager. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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    Knowledge

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    1. Education and Training

      74% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      70% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Sales and Marketing

      69% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    4. Design

      69% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Administration and Management

      67% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

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    2. Telephone

      98% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      90% Important

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    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      89% Important

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