How to Build a Career in Sustainability

Get a head start on the best ways to understand and grow expertise in the sustainability space by reading this article.

Article Summary: There is no unique path when it comes to sustainability. If you are curious about how to shift to a career in this area, there are a few ways to get started.

  • First, know that this field is not going anywhere. Businesses are reacting to consumer demands by creating new roles focused on developing ESG-friendly practices in every sector. Because these roles are new to everyone, the playing field is even. Both junior and senior employees can land them.
  • Identify your area of expertise. Sustainability include three pillars: environmental, social, and economic. If you’re curious about what positions are currently available in your industry, search “Sustainability,” or “ESG,” under the “jobs” tab on LinkedIn. You may be surprised by the variety of roles presented.
  • Upskill. As with all jobs of the future, soft skills such as creativity, adaptability and design thinking are critical. When it comes to sustainability, however, a new category has also emerged: green skills. The Green General Skill index identifies four main types of skills that are sought after in green occupations and many of these can be learned through online courses.
  • Apply to the right companies. Some companies may include their sustainability strategy directly on their websites. For others, this may be less obvious. During the interview process, be sure to ask about their ESG-related goals to make sure their values align with your own.
By Christina Plante
Christina Plante Assistant Director of Career Services