Environmental Managers manage the development and implementation of environmental management systems within organisations by identifying, solving and alleviating environmental issues, such as pollution and waste treatment, in compliance with environmental legislation and to ensure corporate sustainable development.
Develops and implements environmental strategies, policies, practices and action plans to ensure corporate sustainable development.
Co-ordinates all aspects of pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.
Audits, analyses and reports environmental performance to internal and external clients and regulatory bodies.
Carries out impact assessments to identify, assess and reduce an organisation's environmental risks and financial costs.
Promotes, raises awareness and trains staff at all levels on environmental issues and responsibilities.
Negotiates environmental service agreements and manages associated costs and revenues.
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Earnings and hours
Around 86% of people employed as Environmental Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 20 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Environmental Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 42% of Environmental Managers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Perth - South West
- Sydney - Northern Beaches
- Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Environmental Managers is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 35% of the workforce. This is 13 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Environmental Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in environmental science, environmental management, sustainability or another related field is usually needed to work as an Environmental Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Environmental Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||34.6||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Other Specialist Managers who have strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and strong interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
61%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
54%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
74%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
70%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
69%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
67%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
62%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
60%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
58%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
53%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
51%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
44%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
42%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
46%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
86%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
81%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
81%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
81%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
79%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
79%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
77%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
77%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
74%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
73%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
71%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
67%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
67%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
66%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
66%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
66%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
65%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
51%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
89%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
88%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
82%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
79%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
78%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
75%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
68%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
67%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
58%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Talk to a group of people.
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