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Sustainability Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 82 Sustainability Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3368 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 2004:

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 $75,639.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,396.

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 $62,528.

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 Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree48%
Master's Degree44%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other7%

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 years16%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years18%
9+ years21%

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 Skills (50%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (37%)
  • Research (34%)
  • Microsoft Excel (33%)
  • Planning (32%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Project Management (46%)
  • Budgeting (27%)
  • Climate Change (17%)
  • Greenhouse Gas (14%)
  • Environmental Sustainability (10%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Environmental Science (18%)
  • Scheduling (17%)
  • Business Development (16%)
  • Customer Service (14%)
  • Procurement (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Sustainability Consulting (6%)
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions (6%)
  • Energy Management (5%)
  • Green Building (5%)
  • Environmental Studies (5%)

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 along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Land Use (2%) – marginal value $3,466

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Sustainability & Esg Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Marketing Manager - Energy, Sustainability, And Infrastructure
  • Project Manager - Water & Sewer

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 (126)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (125)
  • Black & Veatch (53)
  • Deloitte (52)
  • Sj Louis Construction (48)

North Carolina

  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (8)
  • TD Bank (6)
  • Deloitte (3)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (3)
  • Xylem (2)

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!

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