Environmental consultants work on commercial or government contracts to address a variety of environmental issues for their clients. They cover a wide range of disciplines such as assessment of air, land and water contamination, environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, waste management and the development of environmental policy and environmental management systems.
Environmental professionals are employed throughout the economy in areas such as consultancy, government (including local government and national regulatory organisations) and water-related organisations.
A career as an environmental consultant offers the opportunity for a structured professional path with the potential to specialise in an area of interest.
Day-to-day activities vary considerably due to the range of work covered by environmental consultants. However, a key task is to identify whether land, air or water is contaminated, by means of desk-based research and field work, and then to undertake an assessment to identify if that contaminant source can have an adverse impact on a receptor (such as humans or groundwater, for example).
Typical activities include:
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