Build practical skills for an exciting career helping to conserve our natural world by studying an environment course.
What do environmental graduates do?
After completing an environment course, you may seek employment in a range of roles in the conservation, agriculture, food science and sustainability sectors.
You may choose to work as a horticulturalist or garden manager, performing tasks such as:
- Preparing and maintaining garden beds and growing sites;
- Propagating and planting trees, bushes, lawn, hedges, flowers and bulbs;
- Maintaining planted and grassed areas by weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing;
- Producing and distributing compost and fertiliser;
- Planning, drawing, preparing and constructing landscape areas;
- Organising and conducting food production operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, and organising its sale and dispatch;
- Directing and managing general horticulture operations, including managing staff and business requirements, including production and resource preparation; and
- Contributing to horticulture discussion and policy, including writing reports and submissions and attending panels, workshops and discussions.
You may also choose to work as an environmental scientist or manager, contributing to environmental planning and policy. In a role like this, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Evaluating and investigating environmental, wildlife and fisheries needs, and developing strategies and goals;
- Understanding and enforcing laws and regulations relating to the conservation of the environment;
- Carrying out environmental impact assessments;
- Studying and understanding environmental problems, including analysing pollution, soil quality, environmental ecology, water quality and demographic information;
- Developing and implementing complex environmental management policies;
- Planning and organising activities in designated areas to protect and conserve native environments; and
- Participating in environmental management planning.
You’ll enjoy studying an environment course if you:
- Enjoy nature and conservation
- Are passionate about the environment
- Are curious
- Are patient
- Can think critically
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are organised and efficient
- Are resilient
- Work well with details
- Enjoy planning
- Enjoy repetitive work
- Have a scientific mind
- Want a meaningful and rewarding career
- Want to make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook identifies the environmental management profession as a small but growing sector in Australia.
Currently employing approximately 18,700 environmental scientists and approximately 13,600 garden and environmental management professionals, the sector has been growing steadily over the past decade, and is likely to grow slightly to employ approximately 33,600 people by 2020. The size of the profession indicates that roles are available in most areas of Australia.
According to PayScale, a horticulturalist can expect to earn on average between $37,000 per year and $71,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $49,000. PayScale observes that earning capacity remains reasonably steady throughout a horticulturalist’s career, with entry-level practitioners earning comparative wages to more experienced horticulturalists.
According to PayScale, an environmental manager can expect to earn on average between $78,000 per year and $172,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $129,000.