Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Careers in Sustainability for New Graduates


Green Jobs are filling the job market like never before.

In ResponseSPU alumna Amity Lumper shared how her green efforts at SPU turned into a career in sustainability. And she is just one of many who has turned an environmental interest into a livelihood.

According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, “new jobs are beginning to emerge in favor of greener, cleaner and more sustainable occupations.” 

The same report defines “Green Jobs” as “work in agriculture, manufacturing, research and development, administrative, and service activities that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality.” The report also carefully states that these jobs must support the livelihood of the employees with fair compensation and benefits. And green jobs are involved in various activities like advocacy, education, outreach, or technology. This means that nearly every major can prepare one for a sustainable vocation.

Want a green-collar job after graduation? Here are some potential careers:

  • Organic Farming, privately or at organizations like
  • Energy Analyst or Specialist
  • Sustainability Coordinator or Adviser
  • Nonprofit DirectorGreenJobsKeyboard
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Ecology Educator
  • Alternative Energy Engineer
  • Green Accounting
  • Construction
  • Interface Designer
  • Energy Efficiency Builder or Architect
  • Urban or Land Use Planner
  • Carpenters

Here are more resources for searching green jobs:

Woof Organic Farming

Cool Climate Jobs

Public Health

Environmental Scientist

Green Career Central

Sustainable Business


Author: Sara Kenning

Sustainability Assistant at Seattle Pacific University's Office of Facility and Project Management

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