Imagine yourself setting in a conference room with ten members of the local community.
You’re leading the first of three different focus groups in which you’ll develop a better understanding of local perceptions, concerns and priorities for the regional government’s plan to build wind turbines in the area.
As you listen carefully to the participants’ animated discussion, you take detailed notes on key themes that you’ll follow-up on in the next session.
Once today’s focus group has ended, you’ll return to your office and summarize vital points from your recording of the discussion. You’ll then spend a few hours reviewing a new report on the costs and benefits associated with wind energy projects.
The findings from this secondary research will inform the final report you’ll write later this month about best practices for the government’s future wind energy project.
As a sustainability researcher, your colleagues, clients and employer can count on you to provide the latest information and insights on the key drivers of sustainability, from major technological innovations to recent policy changes and local community needs.
For a sustainability researcher, a typical workday might involve:
Sustainability Researchers work in a variety of locations, such as:
In the office:
In the field:
Most sustainability researchers work at:
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If you are a high school student considering a career as a sustainability researcher, you should have a strong interest in:
As a minimum, most sustainability researchers have an undergraduate degree. Many also hold graduate degrees, since a high level of subject matter expertise is required for this type of work.
If you are a post-secondary student interested in working as a Sustainability Researcher, the following programs are most applicable:
You may also find our Environmental Professional (EP) designation useful.
Hard/ Technical Skills (skills obtained through formal education and training programs)
Soft Skills (personal attributes and characteristics)
Environmental employers look for professionals who can combine technical knowledge with soft skills. Watch at our free webinar “Essential Not Optional: Skills Needed to Succeed in Canada’s Environmental Industry” or take our Essential Skills courses.
One of the main roles of a sustainability researcher is to improve public awareness of what sustainability really is. This can be done through roles in academia, speaking at environmental conferences, or providing scholarly journals.
Research completed by those working in sustainability helps ensure that future generations and people in other industries that may have a direct impact on the environment, are well-equipped with the necessary information to create more sustainable environments.
This can include creating more sustainability courses in academia for students to take or acting as an advisor for business ventures to ensure that everyone is more environmentally aware.
In addition, creating more sustainable environments reduces costs whilst simultaneously creating more prosperous environments for people and wildlife to thrive in.
Individuals employed as sustainability researchers may be classified in one or more of the following occupational groupings:
NOC Code: 4011- University Professors and Lecturers
NOC Code: 2121- Biologists and Related Scientists
The National Occupation Classification (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. It gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counsellors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data, describe and understand the nature of work within different occupations.
The NOC is developed and updated in partnership with Statistics Canada to coincide with the 5- year census cycles. It is based on in-depth occupational research and consultations conducted across Canada, to reflect changes in the Canadian labour market.
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