Why professional development matters in the environmental sector


Post by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada

Does your education prepare you for everything you need to know on-the-job?  Of course not!

Professional development planning is key to bridging the gap between your education and the skills required in your career.

Professional Development in the Environmental Sector

Compared to the rest of Canada’s workforce, environmental employees tend to be:

These trends reveal that employees with environmental skills tend to quickly advance within their fields. And if you’re quickly advancing, you may not always have the knowledge or skills you need at your fingertips. This is where professional development comes in!

Professional Development Activities to Consider

No matter what stage your career is in, professional development is best done on a continual basis. But what specific activities could you take to enhance your skill development for environmental work?

A great model to exemplify is how certified Environmental Professionals (EPs) manage their professional development.  Certified EPs are required to participate in a minimum level of professional development activities each year to maintain their designation and verify that they are current in their fields.

EPs participate in a variety of activities related to their environmental work, including:

Skills to Develop

Professional development for environmental work should include both technical and soft skill training.

Technical training is job-specific and could include learning:

While technical training can depend greatly on the industry or type of environmental work you do, research also shows that environmental employers look for transfereable, soft skills. Some of the high-demand soft skills are:

Gaining both technical and soft-skill development will ensure that you are a well-rounded environmental professional.

If you’re looking to build your planning, organizational or writing skills, check out the ECO Academy!

ECO Academy online courses are practical, up-to-date, and affordable. They can help you build skills in everything from Project Management and Technical Writing to Professional Communications and Consulting.

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