Canada – Trends in Environmental Sector: Major Jobs need a high degree

The environmental sector in Canada has a highly educated workforce. 72% of the job vacancies in the environmental sector need a Bachelor’s or higher degree of education. The sector is growing in a big way at a quick pace, and the Federal/Provincial governments have introduced many new policies and legislations to engage in the challenges to overcome climate change. Another aim is to reduce green house gas emissions, and also augment investments in clean technology. Finally there is a focus on increasing wildlife protection and taking remedy measures.

In sequence to these initiatives, there is an increase in environmental employment by 17% between 2016 and 2018. The reason is growth in the Canadian economy, and an increase in the demand for qualified professionals, dealing with environmental matters in the private and public sector.

The environment sector presently has 364,000 core workers in three major areas. These are:

  • Environmental Protection,
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental Sustainability

A fact regarding these emerging opportunities is the need for investment to have professional development. It must accompany post-secondary education to compete well with other players and achieve a desirable advancement in the sector.

Growing Demand for Environmental Jobs Based on Arts

Traditionally, there is a domination of environmental professions based on science like the Environmental Scientists, Researchers, Analysts, Engineers, and Hydrologists. Also, in the recent past there is a steady increase in demand regarding the issues covering Communications, Policy, Legislation, Public Awareness, Sustainability, Training followed by Education, Research and Development, which require an education that is focusing on arts. The emerging sectors presently make up 29% of environmental occupations.

Canada: Fundamental Environmental Workforce -Employment Trends

  • There will be more than 100,000 new jobs related to environment between 2017 and 2024 which is a growth of 28% to the 2017 employment level,
  • 187,000 jobs will be added in the next decade
  • About 22% of the present workforce will retire in the forecast period, resulting in job vacancies in various roles but mostly in occupations at the managerial and professional level,
  • Presently, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia provinces have the highest focus on environmental jobs
  • There is a huge demand in Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia for environmental workers, of around 36% in job postings.

ECO Canada has a mission to build a leading environmental workforce in the world. It speaks with thousands of employers regularly, and partners with 33 accredited programs in environmental education. The aim is to ensure that the fresh graduates are equipped with sufficient knowledge to succeed. Finally, the main and dynamic force for success is motivation and persistence.

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