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Career Change Idea: Consider an Environmental Path

Technical and soft skills are critical for a career change and transition to the environmental sector.

In a work environment that is influenced by shifting business, regulatory, social and technological priorities and trends, professionals are expected to keep their skills up to date.

For this study, ECO Canada engaged 686 individuals: employers from both private and public sectors, employees, and post-secondary institutions. As a result, we identified knowledge, skills, and training needs that support career change.

Our findings indicate that:

  • Policy and Legislation, Communications and Public Awareness, Industry Knowledge, Health and Safety, and Research and Development are the most important technical skills for environmental professionals.

  • 61% of employers indicated that Industry Knowledge is an essential area of training for entry-level employees.

  • Intermediate and senior level employees require training in Policy and Legislation.

  • Project Management, Collaboration, Communication, Report Writing and Attitude are the top 5 skills that employers consider paramount.

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