Sustainable Business is a new and exciting field of study. While specific jobs are being created every day, the opportunities for a career in sustainable business is growing. Many companies have inserted the word “sustainability” in front of many traditional titles to show the new emphasis the job encompasses. For more sophisticated companies, those more advanced into the triple bottom line, no job title might include the word 'sustainable' but more importantly, every job requires a working knowledge of how that task has a triple bottom line responsibility.
Jobs that have specific mention of sustainable business and its association:
- Developing and enforcing sustainability standards for a company
- Sustainable Operations
- Sustainable Marketing Director
- Economic and financial analysis of sustainability investment and practices
- Manage of sustainability and infrastructure
- Liaison with vendors and customer on compliance with company standards
- Global government relations on compliance issues and evolving regulations
- Compliance with global standards
- Educator at an Environmental Center or Outdoor Center.
- Environmental Researcher - Private or public institutions or businesses.
- Fund Raisers - Environmental and Animal Rights organizations, conservation groups, etc.
- Lobbyists - Environmental organization, conservation groups, etc.
- Program Director - Outdoor/environmental centers, environmental organizations,conservation groups
- Urban Planner/Architect - City, County, State or Federal.
There are non-specific jobs for which sustainable business would be an asset including:
- Equipment sales and purchasing, account executive/managers
- Chemical-technical purchase or sales
- Energy management
- Project management
- Corporate communications and other marketing activities
- Business/Data Analyst
- Research Analyst/Manager
Education is more than attaining one job. It is about defining a career path. Here are some paths a Sustainable Business student could have:
- Working in education capacity for trade associations and local groups designed around cooperative and sharing of best practices for businesses
- Accounting or consulting firms that have formed business units around sustainable business concepts
- Joining not-for-profit organizations that support or conduct triple bottom line programs
- Lawyer working for an environmental consulting firm, environmental organization, conservation group, state or federal government.