Sustainable practices are beneficial to both business and the environment and are becoming increasingly commonplace across most industries, including private and public sector. Sustainability aims to improve productivity and efficiency through embedding sustainable operations, environmental monitoring and technology, and competitive systems and practices.

What does this industry cover?

Competitive Systems and Practices: enables businesses to become leaner and agile. Skills would provide continuous improvement for business across the supply and value chain.

Environmental Monitoring and Technology: enables those working in this area to collect, analyse and report on data to provide solutions to address environmental risks and impacts.

Sustainable Operations: enables businesses to establish, monitor, develop and implement their own sustainable strategies and performance.

Job hunting information

You could be employed across many business sectors as diverse as, manufacturing, financial services, ICT, healthcare, mining and government.

There are job seeker sites that specifically list sustainable vacancies in different industry sectors. Look for job roles such as: work, health and safety officers, environmental officers, quality managers, procurement managers, team leaders and organisation analyst.

You could currently be employed and would like to upskill so that you have some recognised skills in the sustainable industry.

Top priority skills: data analysis and visualisation, problem solving, design thinking, change management and innovation management.

Information for further research

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.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small to medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 587

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have decreased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Employment Size

This is a small to medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium to high.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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