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Insights What to expect once you start a Sustainability Consultant career

What does a sustainability consultant do? 

As a sustainability consultant, you will be implementing sustainability practices and improving processes for businesses to make them more socially and environmentally responsible. 

Depending on the organisation you work for, your responsibilities will vary but here are some of the main responsibilities of a sustainability consultant: 

  • Conducting sustainability assessments
  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • Developing strategies that align with the businesses objectives
  • Reporting on sustainability performance
  • Supporting stakeholders with advice on waste management, energy efficiency, and water conservation
  • Educating employees on best practices

Why should I consider a career in sustainability? 

With climate change becoming a more prominent issue, countries striving towards a net zero future, and the renewable energy market expected to be $2.15 trillion by 2025 - it is fair to say there is a high demand for sustainability consultants. 

If you have a real passion for sustainability, there has never been a better time to start your career as a sustainability consultant. What motivates your career? Learn about these three job benefits and get motivated to start your sustainability journey today. 

1. Making a positive impact

As a consultant, you will be playing a direct role in building a sustainable future for the generations to come. Be part of creating the structure, processes, technology, and behavioural change to deliver large infrastructure programs in an environmentally friendly way. 

Projects such as the Saudi Green Initiative will play a key role in achieving global climate targets. With clear objectives of reducing emissions, greening Saudi, and protecting land and sea, you will have the chance to shape tomorrow as a sustainability consultant. 

2. Challenge yourself 

In this role you will work on complex problems where you will apply your analytical skills to come up with innovative solutions. If you enjoy a challenge and thinking outside of the box, a sustainability career will be incredibly rewarding. 

When Tom realised one’s individual actions can impact the greater good, he knew that a career in sustainability was the route he wanted to go down and a fulfilling one at that. He shares how you can better understand sustainability, support ESG targets, and initiatives he has personally worked on in this blog.

3. Diverse opportunities 

A career in sustainability opens up opportunities to work across several industries, such as transportation, clean energy, cities and development, infrastructure and many more. 

This gives you the ability to apply your skills and expertise in different scenarios, offers variety on the projects you take on, and gives you the option to work anywhere in the world. It doesn’t get much better than that.

At AtkinsRéalis , you will work on the industry's most exciting and newsworthy projects from NEOM to Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque. Working alongside international experts, you will always be learning and expanding your knowledge. 

Engineering a better future for our planet and its people

With the surge in demand for sustainability consultants, the places your career can go are endless. Collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, developing new skills and expertise, and contributing to a sustainable future is all in a day’s work for sustainability consultants. Does this sound like something you would enjoy?

We encourage our people to think boldly, proudly, and differently and that is the reason why we deliver outstanding project outcomes for our clients - no matter the scale, complexity or location of the project. If you are passionate about sustainability, want to identify unique drivers of change, and solve problems efficiently and economically, we’ve got a place for you. 
Start your sustainability consultant career with AtkinsRéalis .