Sustainability Management Careers Overview
Careers are growing greener and more and more traditional occupations are looking for managers, engineers and researchers with an environmental consciousness and expertise. In fact, the U.S. economy is expected to generate 4.2 million new green jobs by 2038.*
A Sustainability Management specialization prepares you to have the knowledge and skills necessary to take advantage of those coming career opportunities.
*2008 Green Jobs Report available at http://usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/GreenJobsReport.pdf
When you earn your bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management or Technical Management with a specialization in Sustainability Management, you'll be prepared to pursue one of many sustainability management careers, where you could potentially manage resources, develop and plan projects, create sustainable marketing initiatives, provide sustainability education for your organization and more. Your professional responsibilities could include:
- Researching, planning and managing sustainability projects
- Developing, presenting and marketing initiatives related to the environment
- Educating people through digital, print and other forms of media about sustainability management issues
DeVry University graduates in Business Administration, Management or Technical Management with a specialization in Sustainability Management will be prepared for careers as:
- Logistics Managers, who are in charge of many functions involving purchasing, distribution, forecasting, customer service or planning. They have their fingers in the daily operations of any organization. A logistics manager always has a need to reduce waste, create more sustainable ways of operating, find recyclable resources and ecologically-sound solutions to operations problems.
- General Managers, Planning and Operations Managers, who plan the operations of companies and organizations. They formulate policies, manage the daily operations and plan the use of material and human resources. Conservation and sustainability are important from both a financial and an operational perspective, so General Managers also develop environmentally-sound business practices.
- Sustainability Specialists, who directly address the sustainability issues facing companies on an organization-wide scale, such as waste stream management, overseeing green building practices and implementing green procurement plans.
- Marketing Managers, who initiate campaigns to build buzz and awareness of their company's products. They may use advertising, public relations, the web and social media. Marketing Managers may help advertise a company's green efforts and products or make their production methods more environmentally friendly.
For related career paths, see all degree programs offered by the College of Business & Management.
Sustainability Management careers are found in a number of diverse environments, including:
- Construction and Development