As more companies commit to ESG practices and business leaders are reimagining their entire working models, sustainability jobs are in demand. All kind of organizations are constantly trying to bring sustainability, supply chain and environmental health concerns to their existing operations by posting new jobs related to sustainability. The pressure from environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors and policy makers are driving this demand.
Sustainability jobs now span across a wide range of industries, from renewables to finance, and the demand is growing even faster in the following sectors: energy and mining, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, construction and manufacturing. More importantly, the demand for job skills in sustainable fashion, oil spill response, ecosystem management and proficiency in solar systems grew by more than 50 percent between 2016 and 2021. Furthermore, some of the fastest-growing sustainability jobs are in sustainable procurement.
Specifically in Europe, auto industry jobs are rising faster than other, with the demand for skills in electric vehicles going up by 51 percent between 2015 and 2021. Sustainability consultants are also in great demand, whether as independent consultants or as part of a company’s sustainability department.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 24 million jobs worldwide could be created by the sustainable economy by 2030 alone. According to a recent report from LinkedIn, the shift to hiring for the sustainable economy is already underway worldwide. Τhe Bureau of Labor Statistics adds that jobs in environmental science and specialties are projected to grow 8% the next decade.
In US, the number of jobs in renewables has increased by 237 percent over the last five years. Taking into account Canada’s labor market, 315,800 people worked sustainability-related jobs in 2020, up from 60,000 in 2013, and almost 80,000 more workers will be hired by 2025, according to ECO Canada, an environmental work force organization that collected the data.
However, despite the fact that jobs in sustainability increase, employers tend to focus on specific skills, rather than university degrees. What they require is a deep understanding of the economic, social, and environmental intersection. As presented in the last World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, employers estimate that 4 in 10 workers will need to be reskilled.
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