Careers in sustainability

Why choose a career in sustainability?

Interview with Bruno Sarda
Partner/Principal – Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability
Former President, CDP North America

There is a demand for employees and leaders who know what sustainability is and understand its complexity, understand how to approach problems and solutions, and know how to work with and draw from different disciplines. By engaging a breadth of knowledge and experience, and by acquiring the skills to integrate various domains of knowledge, sustainability students prepare themselves for a variety of careers.

Recent interest in sustainability within business and government has created new employment opportunities – in positions like sustainability coordinators, directors, and managers. School of Sustainability graduates may assume positions in industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies, nonprofits, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional schools.

Sustainability career options

Students with a sustainability degree have skills that apply to virtually any field or profession, although advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Thinking of pursuing a degree in sustainability?

Here are some of the jobs you might consider:

  • Corporate sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Socially responsible investing
  • Research and development
  • Marketing/media
  • Event planning
  • Stakeholders
  • Consulting
  • Policy makers, government, and regulatory agencies
  • NGO or other nonprofit
  • Education
  • Non-sustainability jobs in sustainability companies
  • Standards organizations
  • Waste and recycling
  • Fashion and apparel
  • Military
  • Food and agriculture
  • Start your own business/nonprofit

Workshops and lectures

Our Careers Going Forward Events are held during spring and fall semesters. The events address what you can do with your career after graduation and the tools you need in order to get there. You can view recordings of prior events here.