Green Careers and Sustainability Insights
Understanding ‘green’ jobs
It is a great time to be interested in the green sector, as green jobs are growing at around four times the rate of the overall UK labour market (PwC Green Jobs Barometer, 2022), but there is currently no universal definition of what a ‘green’ job is. For example, the Office for National Statistics defines a green job as ‘employment in an activity that contributes to protecting or restoring the environment, including those that mitigate or adapt to climate change’. A 2022 discussion paper for the European Commission suggests defining jobs as green, white or brown according to their pollution intensity or the potential of a product or service to harm the environment.
Regardless of definitions, a growth in green jobs and a highly-skilled workforce to fill them are needed to help solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges, including decarbonisation and progress towards climate targets. This makes environmental awareness and carbon literacy key employability skills for your future career in any sector. Over two in five employers already say that their staff will require new or different green skills in the future (Learning and Work Institute, 2022), so we have compiled a range of resources to help you understand the green sector and work on upskilling yourself to meet the demands of a changing labour market.
We also offer 30-minute careers meetings if you want to discuss this area further with a Careers and Employability Advisor. Find out more information and book a careers meeting.
What is a carbon footprint?
Do you know what your own carbon footprint is? Use the WWF footprint calculator and learn how you can reduce your impact on the environment.
Green resources and jargon buster
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, all United Nations members adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to tackle climate change, preserve our oceans and forests. Watch this video for further information.
Goal 4 on Quality Education aims ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Find out more about LJMU’s actions towards integrating education for sustainable development in both research and academic programmes and what you can do.
Many organisations map their own sustainability targets against the UNSDGs, so this is a useful aspect to research in your preparation for applications, interviews or assessment centres.
The green sector and green skills
Research the green sector and green skills
- What is a job in sustainability (examples)
- Basic sustainability knowledge
- Skills for jobs in sustainability
- Work or voluntary experience
- Professional bodies and short courses
- Sustainability networking
Where to find sustainable jobs
The British Council’s Green careers guide includes alumni videos, webinars and a green careers directory for anyone who wants to build a successful career that helps the planet.