Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology: career prospects for graduates

Business objectives such as quality of location and competitiveness often entail risks for the environment. More and more companies from a wide range of industries are recognizing these risks and their responsibilities, and are taking advantage of the opportunities that arise from implementing environmental engineering and management systems and ecotoxicological methods. Graduates of the Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology master’s degree program therefore have excellent career prospects.

What industries and sectors employ graduates?

  • Public sector (e.g. government authorities, municipal administration in the environmental sector)
  • Service companies (e.g. environmental engineering firms and labs, management consulting firms)
  • Consulting in environmental management
  • Industry, especially for chemical products, the automotive sector, the oil industry, and paper manufacturing
  • Commerce (in sectors subject to disposal obligations)
  • Transportation (especially the transport of hazardous goods)
  • Recycling (waste, waste oil, waste water, refuse depots)
  • Food production

 What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Environmental manager in the public and private sector
  • External environmental consultant
  • Scientific employee in ecotoxicology projects, at research institutes, and at related organizations

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Conducting research studies and tests, taking samples, performing field and lab analyses to identify sources of environmental problems, and recommending methods for preventing, controlling, and repairing the effects of environmental problems
  • Evaluating the anticipated environmental effects of potential or planned activities, projects, and developments and providing recommendations on whether or not such activities should be implemented
  • Planning and coordinating the implementation of environmental management systems in order to enable organizations to identify, monitor, and control the environmental impact of their activities, products, and services
  • Conducting tests in order to evaluate the environmental impact of existing activities, processes, waste, noise, and substances
  • Evaluating an organization’s compliance with governmental and internal environmental regulations and guidelines as well as identifying violations and determining appropriate corrective measures
  • Providing technical advice and support services for organizations regarding the optimal approach to dealing with environmental problems in order to reduce environmental damage and minimize financial losses
  • Developing protection plans