Why study environment?

Healthy environments are important for delivering positive economic, environmental and social outcomes around the world. However, today more than ever they face challenges that stretch from habitat loss and species extinction to pollution and water security.

A wide range of professions are dedicated to helping meet these challenges, and if you’re passionate about making local impacts with global relevance, then studying in Tasmania’s living laboratory provides will provide a great foundation for an environmental career.

Our campuses have unparalleled access natural environments close to campus, as well as the incredible marine and land ecosystems across Tasmania. As the birthplace of the green movement, we are global leaders in environmental management and conservation. Beyond our location, industry-leading surveying and spatial sciences equipment, including our cutting-edge drone lab, are utilised from first year to give you truly hands-on, practical knowledge and skills.

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Careers in environment

The multidisciplinary nature of environmental study means no matter your passion, you can gain knowledge and skills to apply to a range of challenges, communities, and industries around the world.

Environmental scientists and managers provide environmental impact assessment, advise on pollution mitigation, and inform government policy.

Geographers and planners understand how people and environments interact. They work on regional projects such as traffic congestion, the management of protected areas, and city-wide sustainable urban planning.

Surveying and spatial scientists measure and map natural and built environments, contributing to solving problems on community and global scales. About 90 per cent of all data used to inform government policy decisions, from urban growth planning to resource management, has a spatial sciences component.

Career options

  • Botanist
  • Coastal risk manager
  • Communicator/education officer
  • Eco-tourism operator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geologist
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Microbiologist
  • Mining consultant
  • Natural resources manager
  • Plant scientist
  • Researcher
  • Soil scientist
  • Spatial scientist
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability officer
  • Urban and environmental planner

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