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Sustainability

Overview

While not a stand-alone industry, sustainable business practices are becoming increasingly common place across most industries. Sustainable business practices are beneficial to business and the environment through the adoption of lean and agile processes, and sustainable environmental practices. Sustainability aims to improve productivity and efficiency through embedding sustainable operations, environmental monitoring and technology and competitive systems and practices.

In the private sector, most technicians and paraprofessionals are employed by large companies associated with environmental consultancies, manufacturing, mining and major infrastructure projects. In the public sector, the emphasis of work is more about sustainable management of natural resources, compliance and community education.

What does this industry cover?

  • Competitive systems and practices
  • Sustainable operations
  • Environmental monitoring and technology.

Industry Information

According to IBISWorld, the Environmental Science Services industry sector (which covers many more occupations outside of Sustainability) is currently employing 35,400 people and is predicted to grow to 39,037 by the year 2021.

Over half of the businesses operating in this sector are located in NSW and VIC, with another 40% in the mining states of WA and QLD.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are good, especially in WA and VIC.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2017: 1288

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 19/07/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Manufacturing Operator (Competitive Systems and Practices)

Team Leader - Manufacturing

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Manufacturing & Production

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

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Career Pathways

The Sustainability Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Sustainable Business Australia
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • Greening Australia
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Geoscience Australia

Careers Sites