A Pathway to Green Careers
In a rapidly evolving job market, green careers are flourishing, growing four times faster than the UK's overall employment sector. Last year alone, the number of green job postings tripled, as highlighted by PwC's analysis. Our Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS) course is perfectly aligned with this trend, designed in collaboration with leading environmental sector experts and employers.
At the core of GECS is a commitment to employability. Our curriculum is crafted to not only educate but also to directly prepare you for a dynamic career in environmental change and sustainability. Through tailored exercises, you'll assess your fit and impact in various green careers. Our Professional Placement module in the third year offers hands-on experience in sustainability roles within local councils, NGOs, or businesses. Plus, an optional year-long placement further enhances your career prospects.
Skills for the Future
Beyond specific knowledge in sustainable development and renewable energy efficiency, GECS equips you with a suite of transferable skills. These include technical proficiencies like data analysis and IT, alongside vital soft skills such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, and project management. These competencies are highly sought after in the environmental and sustainability sectors.
Diverse Career Opportunities
Graduates from our program are highly valued in organisations prioritising sustainable growth. You could be instrumental in achieving goals like adopting 100% renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency, or transitioning to electric vehicles. Your role might involve wildlife conservation, waste management, greenhouse gas reduction, or designing sustainable environments. The demand for sustainability experts who can guide business strategies and educate workforces is on the rise.
Potential Career Paths Include:
- Environmental agencies
- Sustainability officers in global corporations
- Local authority and government roles
- Environmental consultancies
- Conservation officers
- Policy advisors for governments or NGOs
- Waste management specialists
- Urban planners with a sustainability focus
- Climate/Environmental Scientists
- Corporate Social Responsibility Specialists
University of Birmingham’s Awards and recognition for employability