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Allen & York’s guide to Environmental, Social and Governance jobs (part 3 of 4)

  • Publish Date: Posted 7 months ago

Continuing our series on jobs within the Environmental, Social and Governance arena, here we explore what qualifications and experience employers might well be looking for.

The qualifications and experience needed for an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) job can vary massively depending on the role and organisation. However, there are a few key qualifications which are usually required as a minimum: 

  • For entry level ESG roles, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as environmental science, social impact, sustainability or business. 

  • Some higher-level positions may necessitate completing a graduate degree, such as an MBA or a master’s degree in environmental science or sustainability. 

Depending on the role, many ESG jobs expect specific technical skills. For example, an ESG analyst role may require knowledge of sustainability metrics and data analysis experience, whereas an environmental engineer could need extensive knowledge of environmental regulations and experience with pollution control and waste management. 

Certain roles may require certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), certification for sustainability professionals or Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certification for sustainability reporting. 

You will need strong communication and problem-solving skills, and employers are looking for candidates who can show that they possess these skills. You will need to demonstrate the ability to explain technical and complex issues to non-technical stakeholders and devise creative solutions to sustainable challenges. 

Salaries will vary dependant on location, the organisation and your qualifications and experience. Broadly speaking, ESG jobs pay well, with the salary range comparable to other fields. Entry level roles such as sustainability co-ordinators or environmental consultants typically pay from £30,000 per annum with senior level positions commanding upwards of £90,000 per year. As ESG professionals grow in number, we can anticipate more opportunities and a competitive market for well-paying roles. 

Look out for next week’s post on how to get your CV to the top of the pile. 

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