We produce comprehensive environmental Labour Market Information (LMI) that describe important facts and trends related to employment. This information is presented in our series of info-graphic reports known as Snapshots of Environmental Career Choice. Each Snapshot defines a sub-sector related to environmental work, based on our Sector Model for Environmental Employment.

Note: The total number of core environmental workers for all sub-sectors is updated. Please refer to the New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment report to find the current numbers. Career pathways, trends and key findings in the snapshots remain accurate.

Environmental Sub-sectors

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The snapshots below feature the key characteristics of the environmental workforce, and the future demand for workers. By viewing them together, you’ll gain a complete picture of the Canadian Environmental Workforce.

Snapshot 1 of 13: Sustainability

Sustainability Snapshot
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Sustainability sub-sector is growing

  • 50,650 sustainability professionals
  • 18% of Canadian organizations have at least one sustainability professional on staff
  • 46% of other employers plan to hire professionals
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Sustainability, 2013.

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Snapshot 2 of 13: Air Quality

Air Quality Snapshot
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Small sub-sector is in demand

  • 29,500 core air quality jobs
  • About 2 in 3 employers expect the size of their workforce to increase
  • 20% expected to retire in the next 10 years
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Air Quality, 2014.

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Snapshot 3 of 13: Site Assessment & Reclamation

Site Assessment & Reclamation Snapshot
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Multi-disciplinary labour force is in demand

  • 30,200 core site assessment & reclamation (SAR) workers
  • 68% of employers expect to increase staffing levels
  • 38% of SAR vacancies require project management competencies
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Site Assessment & Reclamation, 2013.

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Snapshot 4 of 13: Energy

Energy Snapshot
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Experience matters in the energy sub-sector

  • 148,000 energy professionals
  • 74% have 4+ years of work experience
  • 5% have less than 1 year of work experience
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Energy, 2013.

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Snapshot 5 of 13: Environment Health and Safety

EHS Snapshot
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Compliance is a key driver of demand

  • 79,400 Core Environmental Health & Safety Jobs
  • 58% of employers expect labour force to increase
  • 20% expected to retire in the next 10 years
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Environment Health and Safety, 2014.

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Snapshot 6 of 13: Water Quality

Water Snapshot
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Compliance is a key driver of demand

  • 83,500 Core Water Quality Jobs
  • 34% of employers expect staffing levels to increase
  • 18% expected to retire in the next 10 years
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Water Quality, 2014.

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Snapshot 7 of 13: Natural Resource Management

NRM Snapshot
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Demand driven by societal changes

  • 41,365 Canadian employers of NRM workers
  • 65,000 core workers, most spend > 50% of time on NRM duties
  • 31% of labour force projected to retire in next decade creating 20,000 jobs
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Natural Resource Management, 2016.

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Snapshot 8 of 13: Fisheries&Wildlife

Fisheries and Wildlife
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Demand for professionals at all career levels

  • 12,569 F&W professionals in Canada in 2015
  • 52% positions filled by new grads or student interns
  • 14,864: number of projected F&W workers by 2024
  • * ECO Canada, Careers in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 2015-2016.

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Snapshot 9 of 13: Waste Management

Waste Management
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A growing sub-sector

  • 129,000 core jobs in Waste Management
  • 4,000 new jobs expected in 5 years in six key industries with Waste Management staff
  • 16% of employers had positions waiting to be filled
  • * 2015 Survey of Waste Management Employees; 2013 PCEE; 2012-2014 Job Scraping.

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Combined Snapshots 10, 11, 12 and 13: Selected Environmental Sub-Sectors

Selected Environmental Sub-Sectors
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Environmental Careers Converging Across Four Environmental Sub-Sectors: Communications & Public Awareness (CPA), Education & Training (ET), Research & Development (RD), Policy & Legislation (PL)

  • 57,700 estimated workers in the four environmental sub-sectors
  • Key Practice Areas: Public Engagement (CPA); Outdoor Environmental Education (ET); National and Provincial Ministries (RD); Environmental Litigation (PL)
  • Demand growth projected by 2024: CPA: 5.1%; ET: 3%; RD: 3.2%; PL: 5.1%
  • * Careers in Communications & Public Awareness, Education & Training, Research & Development, Policy & Legislation, 2017

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