Practitioners' survey 2017 - qualifications, roles and job satisfaction

Members' levels of qualification and experience

Snapshot of a profession

Continuing professional development (CPD) is crucial in keeping environment and sustainability professionals up to date and enabling them to thrive and adapt. Given the mix of specialist knowledge and transferable skills required of environment and sustainability professionals, members tend to be highly qualified and have careers that are rich in their diversity, while being supported by the IEMA skills map.

Almost two-thirds (61%) have gained a postgraduate qualification, most commonly a master’s degree, while 4% have completed a doctorate. Those working in environment and sustainability have studied a variety of subjects, from theology to metallurgy, although the most common area is environment or earth sciences.

Geography and engineering or architecture are also very popular. Of those who studied for a second academic qualification (such as a master’s), 33% did not take a break after their first degree. At the other end of the scale, 21% returned to study at least seven years after their initial qualification. Understandably, second qualifications tend to be more specific to the environmental and sustainability discipline, with 66% either studying environmental management/assessment or another related subject. Some undertake a qualification in business studies or law at this stage.

The survey reveals that 41% perform ...

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