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Sustainability Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Sustainability Specialist addresses environmental sustainability issues for companies or organizations, including university systems. Develops strategies for reducing energy costs, promotes environmentally friendly production, business or maintenance practices.

Job Outlook

There were 198 Sustainability Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8331 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Sustainability Specialist industry, which includes the Sustainability Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Sustainability Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,388.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,196.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Sustainability Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $73,287.

Education and Experience

Posted Sustainability Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.43%
Bachelor's Degree67.05%
Master's Degree33.26%
Doctoral Degree4.54%
Other13.92%

Posted Sustainability Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years29.78%
3 to 5 years45.4%
6 to 8 years15.78%
9+ years9.04%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Sustainability Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (51.82%)
  • Management (43.54%)
  • Presentations (33.49%)
  • Research (32.37%)
  • Leadership (29.82%)
  • Consulting (27.04%)
  • Operations (26.06%)
  • Writing (23.55%)
  • Planning (23.26%)
  • Microsoft Excel (20.72%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Sustainability Strategies (14.03%)
  • Project Management (37.01%)
  • Sustainability Initiatives (20.1%)
  • Environmental Social And Corporate Governance (ESG) (31.1%)
  • Greenhouse Gas (19.95%)
  • Corporate Sustainability (9.35%)
  • Sustainability Reporting (13.27%)
  • Environmental Science (26.05%)
  • Net Zero (9.89%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Supply Chain (14.46%)
  • Environmental Resource Management (3.11%)
  • Finance (11.71%)
  • Accounting (15.41%)
  • Economics (11.3%)
  • Environmental Studies (7.12%)
  • Marketing (13.84%)
  • Procurement (12.38%)
  • Benchmarking (8.53%)
  • Green Building (6.62%)
  • Data Management (10.36%)
  • Data Analysis (19.75%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (7.56%)
  • Data Collection (12.75%)
  • Business Development (16.41%)
  • Auditing (13.93%)
  • Management Consulting (9.07%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Circular Economy (5.61%)
  • Sustainability Planning (6.68%)
  • Carbon Accounting (6.34%)
  • Sustainable Design (4.89%)
  • ESG Research And Analysis (3.47%)
  • Energy Modeling (3.53%)
  • Sustainable Materials (7.75%)
  • Carbon Management (1.64%)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (9.98%)
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction (2.87%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Environmental Social And Corporate Governance (ESG) (55.46%)
  • ESG Research And Analysis (6.19%)
  • Sustainability Strategies (25.03%)
  • Sustainability Reporting (23.67%)
  • Carbon Accounting (11.31%)
  • Net Zero (17.63%)
  • Corporate Sustainability (16.67%)
  • Greenhouse Gas (35.58%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Sustainability Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Sustainability Advisor
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Energy and Sustainability Manager
  • Sustainability Intern
  • Sustainability Associate
  • Sustainability Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Sustainability Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Guidehouse (497)
  • Waste Management (371)
  • Verano Holdings (322)
  • Deloitte (152)
  • CDM Smith (136)
  • WSP Global (116)
  • Environmental Jobs Network (108)
  • Live Nation (94)
  • Ramboll (84)
  • Black & Veatch (81)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (8)
  • Live Nation (8)
  • Deloitte (8)
  • Wells Fargo (7)
  • Aramark (6)
  • CDM Smith (5)
  • Waste Management (5)
  • Hitachi (4)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (4)
  • Guidehouse (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!