In order to secure a career in environment and agriculture, you may require a specific qualification. Find out what's needed to progress in the sector...
For a sector that relies so heavily on practical and technical skills, it's not always necessary to pursue a postgraduate degree in order to enter. Some employers favour good, solid work experience coupled with an undergraduate certificate.
However, it all depends on which job you wish to do. For example, a research role will require a qualification in research skills or a similar higher-level degree. Those already working in the sector may also choose postgraduate or professional qualifications to progress in their job or become experts in specialist areas.
For more information on entry requirements and career development in the environment and agriculture sector, see types of jobs.
To find postgraduate environment and agriculture courses in the UK, search courses and research.
Joining a professional body is a worthwhile activity, providing you with relevant information and assistance, as well as opportunities to gain industry-specific qualifications and connect with like-minded individuals.
For farmers and managers in agricultural and rural businesses, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) is a professional body that provides relevant information and support.
For those involved in environmental careers, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is a professional body that provides qualifications across the sector.
In environment and agriculture, there are also a lot of specific professional bodies. For example, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) looks after professional surveyors and advisers who specialise in agricultural or rural matters. Another example is the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators , which represents and supports hundreds of farm and rural business administrators across the UK.
A range of professional qualifications are beneficial to help progress in the sector.
For example, IEMA provides training to help develop environmental professionals. This includes introductory courses for those new to environmental issues and courses tailored to improving specific areas of business. For the full range of training courses, see IEMA Training Courses
For information on employers' standards and required qualifications, visit the UK sector skills council Lantra Standards and Qualifications .
UK qualifications are recognised overseas. It's worth checking country-specific regulations, as requirements vary and some countries demand Masters-level qualifications.
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