Environmental consultant

green consultant eco consultant impact assessment manager
Animals, land and environment

Career outlook for environmental consultant

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You’d evaluate the environmental impact of new developments or industries, providing technical advice and assessments for your clients.

You might advise on any issue including:

  • Renewable energy
  • Flood risk
  • Waste and recycling
  • Carbon emissions
  • Climate change and emission management.

You’d need to keep up to date with environmental legislation.

Depending on the project, you could:

  • See if sites are suitable for new developments like power stations or wind farms
  • Work out the environmental risk from industries like energy or chemical production
  • Assess business practices to make sure organisations are meeting environmental laws and regulations
  • Collect data in field studies on sites or in buildings
  • Investigate contamination and report organisations who break environmental rules
  • Respond to environmental accidents and manage cleanup operations
  • Advise industry, organisations or the government on issues such as the disposal of waste

You would:

  • Analyse and interpret the data gathered in field surveys
  • Write scientific reports
  • Present your findings and ideas

You might explain to businesses how to meet rules and regulations. You could help them reduce their impact on the environment by changing to ‘greener’ processes and practices. For example, you may work with a chemical company to limit the levels of pollutants it releases into the air.

You’d need to have a good understanding of business practices so you can work with organisations in a competitive commercial world.

Working conditions


You will usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Your hours can sometimes be more irregular and you may work longer days, especially if you are completing a field survey on site or writing a report. You may have to offer your services around the needs of your client, which may occasionally include working at the weekend.


You will spend some of your time in an office working on a computer. You’ll also be visiting clients, and when you’re carrying out field assessments and site surveys you’ll be working out on site.


For some jobs you may need to have a full driving licence.

UK employment status





Self employed


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You would typically require a relevant honours degree (SCQF level 10) such as 

  • Environmental health
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry 

Some employers expect the applicant to have a postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11) in a specialist environmental subject.

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  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Sciences (required by most courses)
  • English
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Social studies

Helpful to have

  • Previous work experience
  • A driving licence