Is there a demand for environmental scientists?
With the ever-present pressures on our natural environments, demand for non-renewable resources extraction and development needs to support a growing global population, there has never been a greater need for Environmental Scientists.
The number of people working as environmental scientists has grown very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years from 21,100 in 2019 to 23,700 by 2024. The jobs prospects in this field may vary from one State or Territory to the next, with figures provided by JobOutlook showing that there are a higher proportion of Environmental Science positions in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA compared to other states and territories.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that’s about 2,800 a year).
The ABS Census 2016 showed that nearly 50% of environmental scientists have a bachelor degree qualification and a further 28% have a post graduate qualification. The remainder of people working in the industry do not have a University qualification.