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Environmental conservation skills and careers go across almost all industry areas and, as the challenges on our environment and resources increase, are becoming more in demand. Gain conservations skills to implement in your current career or build a career path towards a role as a specialist.

From foundation certificates to professional qualifications, TAFE NSW facilities and teachers are connected to industry bodies, the latest environmental regulations and sustainability technologies. Build a sustainability career that will last with the help of industry-experienced teachers.

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If you have a passion for the natural environment, plants and animals, and want to tackle climate change and other complex environmental issues, environmental studies may be the course area for you.

Combining science, the humanities, economics and social sciences, environmental studies is a multidisciplinary field that explores human interaction with and impact on the natural environment.

Graduates of environmental studies courses go onto work in the energy sector, water and waste management, wildlife and environmental conservation, government agencies and private environmental sustainability consultancies.

There are several environmental studies courses to choose from at TAFE NSW. We provide a range of nationally recognised certificate and diploma courses to help you start a career in environmental science or sustainability, fill a skills gap, or take your expertise to the next level.

TAFE NSW conservation, sustainability, water and waste management courses include:

Depending on the environmental studies course you choose, you could learn:

  • Land and resource management, conservation and restoration
  • Environmental sustainability principles and best practice
  • Environmental science
  • Water and waste management
  • Environmentally sustainable work practices
  • How to identify and apply sustainability rating tools
  • How to develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

A qualification in environmental studies, environmental sciences or environmental sustainability is useful for a range of careers. Graduates of environmental management and sustainability courses go onto roles such as:

  • Sustainability manager
  • Sustainability officer

Graduates of conservation and land management qualifications go onto roles such as:

  • Indigenous land manager
  • Park ranger
  • Natural resource manager
  • Environmental officer
  • Conservation worker
  • Land management specialist

Graduates of water and waste management courses go onto roles such as:

  • Waste water/Water plant operator
  • Catchment, dams, networks or reservoir operator
  • Water services officer
  • Water compliance manager
  • Wastewater collection system operator

Start your career in environmental services, environmental science or environmental sustainability with a TAFE NSW qualification. There are several subsidised VET qualifications to help launch your career in this exciting area.

If you are interested in a career in water and waste management, get your foot in the door with a Certificate III in Water Industry Operations or Water Industry Treatment. Both courses are available as traineeships so you can develop your skills at TAFE and your workplace.

Become an environmental sustainability officer with a Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability, then expand your expertise and career opportunities with a Diploma of Sustainable Practice.

As the effects of climate change become more apparent, demand is increasing for workers with expertise in managing, protecting and restoring the natural environment.

In 2019, the Sustainability Industry Reference Committee (IRC) identified the need for skilled workers in environmental monitoring, renewable energy and energy security, sustainable manufacturing, water and waste management.

Workers in these areas require a combination of specific industry-based skills, as well as transferrable ‘soft skills’ like problem solving, design thinking, change management, innovation management and leadership. You can gain this combination of skills with a TAFE NSW environmental studies course.

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What Job Opportunities Could An Environmental Studies Course Lead To?

An environmental studies course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from managing, protecting, and restoring the natural environment to monitoring the impact of physical and biological change, and helping ensure flora and fauna are protected for generations to come.

Qualifications in environmental studies can lead to a number of jobs, including:

  • an environmental scientist
  • an environmental protection officer
  • an environmental compliance officer
  • an environmental technician

The average weekly salary for an environmental science professional is $1,473. Whether you're just starting out in your environmental science career, want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Water and Waste

As society becomes more aware of the importance of living and working sustainably, the demand for environmental expertise grows. Managing, protecting and restoring the natural environment and monitoring the impact of physical and biological change requires people who are passionate about the wellbeing of the planet.

Environmental studies students learn about the latest environmental regulations and sustainability technologies, and the challenges on our environment and resources as they pertain to conservation, sustainability, water, and waste.

When you study and work in this sector you play an important part in natural area restoration. You can help ensure flora and fauna are protected for generations to come