Where are all the green jobs in Australia?

The Independent Australia kindly posted the following article;

 “…hopefully you will have a job next year.”

This has been the chorus of the past six years of my work history. Each chapter ‒ and there have been a few ‒ has ended with a shocked expression above a notice of resignation.

Back when I was contemplating my choices for university courses in the early 2000s, I fell for the promise that the “green sector” was the next big thing, soon to demand suitably qualified people for these roles.

This pitch has left me with a specialised degree in science that few appreciate and I have largely not applied in any role.

That isn’t to say that my career thus far has been all bad.

I have excelled in every role where I have been given some genuine autonomy and ownership, including designing new and unique research equipment, educational or otherwise public engagement media and even successfully being published within professional media.

Please keep reading here.


2 thoughts on “Where are all the green jobs in Australia?

  1. Moth, I can completely relate. In the mid 00’s I gave up my horticulture business to get a science degree majoring in ecology. After gaining honours I secured my dreamjob in the Tassie wilderness researching ecological impacts of water management. When that contract was finished there was nothing for me and I ended up at the other end of the country in a completely different discipline. I’ve published 3 papers and now 2 years after that contract ran out I cant even get a job washing glassware in a lab. So, its back to starting my own horticulture business again. I should have been raised without morals and become a petrochemist.


    1. I thought about horticulture as well.. and I’m currently at a point where I’m leaning towards starting something on my own.

      It’s incredible that you can acheive so much, in my case the research facilities I’ve developed and maintain – even designed entirely new equipment – plus the professional communication etc, only to struggle to keen full time employment.

      Agreed; if you pick the right enviro field, you’ll be fine, but at what cost?


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