I want to work full-time in the environmental space. But what paths are there?

Good on you! There is a pressing need for environmental specialists in non-profit organizations, social enterprises, the government, corporations and even academic institutions. You can get a sense of the programmes and areas that local NGOs and social enterprises focus on in our directory.

Besides that, urban planners, food scientists, environmental legal and policy experts, environmental scientists, environmental engineers, conservation scientists, foresters and biochemists all play a major role in the race towards managing and reducing the impacts of climate change in the government, academia and consultancies.

The private sector is also doubling down on sustainability as investors are growing keen on businesses with an eco-focus. So, environmental experts with a corporate calling can make a decent living too.

For example, according to a recent posting on job portal Jobstreet.com, the monthly salary for a sustainability manager for an investment holding company in Kuala Lumpur is RM6,000 to RM10,000, while an environmental specialist for a multinational computer hardware company can earn between RM6,000 to RM8,000 per month.

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