Life & Employment

In a few years you will be leaving school and entering the world of work. There are a huge variety of careers available to you, including many where you can work towards protecting the environment and making the world a more sustainable place.

These include:

  • recycling and waste management
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy technologies e.g. solar panels and wind turbines
  • research into climate change
  • conservation, ecology and biodiversity

Recycling and Waste Management

Have you ever considered a career in recycling or waste management?

In 2008 the recycling sector was worth £8 billion in the UK employing thousands of people! This is an increase of 60% from 2001.

Working in waste does not mean emptying recycling bins, although this is an important job. There is a large range of career options available from collecting and sorting materials to planning and building new landfill sites, marketing and education work to sourcing markets for the recycled materials.

To give you a taster of what is available in Northern Ireland, view the selection of mini case studies, written by people who work in this sector about their jobs.