Sustainability Specialists
SOC: 13-1199.05

Description:

Address organizational sustainability issues, such as waste stream management, green building practices, and green procurement plans.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
998,000 employed

Projected (2024):
1,046,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • CEO/LEED Ap, O & M, Director of Sustainability (Chief Environmental Officer/Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Applications, Operations and
  • Champion of Sustainable Design
  • Chief Specialist, LEED (Chief Specialist, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Lead Sustainability Specialist
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Senior Sustainability Advisor
  • Senior Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Coach
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Sustainability Project Manager
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Sustainable Business Operations Specialist
  • Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Sustainable Design Coordinator
  • Water Resources Project Manager


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Review and revise sustainability proposals or policies.
  • Research or review regulatory, technical, or market issues related to sustainability.
  • Identify or investigate violations of natural resources, waste management, recycling, or other environmental policies.
  • Identify or create new sustainability indicators.
  • Write grant applications, rebate applications, or project proposals to secure funding for sustainability projects.
  • Provide technical or administrative support for sustainability programs or issues.
  • Identify or procure needed resources to implement sustainability programs or projects.
  • Create or maintain plans or other documents related to sustainability projects.
  • Develop reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.
  • Create marketing or outreach media, such as brochures or web sites, to communicate sustainability issues, procedures, or objectives.
  • Collect information about waste stream management or green building practices to inform decision-makers.
  • Assess or propose sustainability initiatives, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and acceptance.
  • Monitor or track sustainability indicators, such as energy usage, natural resource usage, waste generation, and recycling.
  • Develop sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other sustainability professionals.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Google Analytics
  • Life cycle assessment LCA software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Online database search and retrieval software
  • Oracle software
  • PE INTERNATIONAL GaBi software
  • PE INTERNATIONAL SoFi software
  • PRe Consultants SimaPro
  • Quark software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Web browser software


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800