Environmental Consultants analyse and advise on policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial environmental operations and programs.

    A bachelor degree in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation or a related field is needed to work as an Environmental Consultant. Many Environmental Consultants complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Carries out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects.
    • Proposes solutions to address negative environmental impacts of a development project.
    • Studies the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life.
    • Studies and analyses pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples.
    • Develops conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, as well as establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing.
    • Participates in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance.

    All Environmental Scientists

    • $1,779 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Environmental Consultants

    • 3,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 41% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Environmental Consultants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 3,700 in 2011 to 3,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Environmental Consultants work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Mining; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 41% 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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services61.9
    Mining14.1
    Public Administration and Safety5.6
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4.3
    Other Industries14.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: 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 ConsultantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.631.6
    VIC19.025.6
    QLD20.520.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA22.210.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEnvironmental ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-243.0-9.39.3
    25-3431.8-22.922.9
    35-4433.3-22.022.0
    45-5417.1-21.621.6
    55-596.0-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate35.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree56.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.7-21.121.1
    Year 122.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation or a related field is needed to work as an Environmental Consultant. Many Environmental Consultants complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand may be useful.

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    Employers look for Environmental Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    1. English Language

      69% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Mathematics

      67% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Clerical

      66% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      62% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      59% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      98% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

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

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      90% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      89% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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