Industry Overview

At a societal level, whether within government, individual businesses, or other organizations, current and past approaches to decision-making have led to significant environmental and social problems including poverty and strife, as well as inequitable and environmentally harmful resource exploration, development, production, and consumption practices. To address these still solvable challenges, governments, businesses, and NGOs (voluntary, third, or civil society sector), and others need to approach decision-making, planning, and action by integrating the equal and mutually reinforcing economic, social, and environmental components that comprise the triple bottom line (TBL or 3BL) of sustainability.

Emerging Opportunities in Sustainability
The sustainability and sustainable development sector is dynamically fast-growing. Organizations in all sectors (private, public, and voluntary) are realizing the importance of, and need for, integrating sustainability and sustainable development considerations into their decision-making, planning, and actions. Consequently, the demand for employees familiar with sustainability concepts and practices in Canada and around the world is both growing and forecasted to continue to grow over the years.

As sustainability concepts and practices are relevant to all facets of human life, and as countries, communities, and organizations across the earth are now actively adopting more sustainable practices, familiarity with the subject will be relevant to employment in many seemingly unrelated sectors/areas, including:

  • Management (executive, senior, middle, and junior managers involved in operational planning, strategy, and implementation)
  • Public policy (specialists in social, economic, or environmental fields)
  • Urban and municipal planning
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Mining
  • Economics
  • Architecture
  • Energy
  • Land development and design
  • Government agencies (all levels, including both elected and unelected officials)
  • Education (educators and/or persons involved in curriculum development and design)
  • Forestry
  • Anthropology
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Agriculture (urban and rural)
  • R&D (research organizations)
  • Geography
  • Marketing and communications
  • Consulting (in any of the social, economic, or environmental fields)
  • NGOs (voluntary, third, or civil society sectors)
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • Conservation and environmental protection
  • Banks and investment firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Medical institutions and hospitals
  • Parks and recreation
  • Natural resources

and many other fields.