Sustainability jobs in Australia for eco-friendly Irish people

Australia is a popular destination for Irish graduates, taking a year out after college with a one year working holiday visa and backpacking for a month or two before returning to Ireland. In the context of the current economic crisis, sustainability jobs in Australia might suit Irish people with a post-secondary education and previous experience. Irish jobseekers might be interested in what an Australian Skilled Migrant Visa has to offer.

The unemployment rate Down Under is 4.4% and skilled workers are in demand. Positions available to applicants for the Skilled Migrant Visa include: managers and administrators, professionals, associate professionals and trades persons. USIT offer a free consultation with an Australian registered migration agent when you complete the simple online form on their website.

With its variety - the outback, beaches, coral reefs and tropical rainforest - Australia is a nature lover's playground. In recent years, Australia has been dubbed the developed world's highest per capita greenhouse gas emitter. According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an estimated 2.7 million new green collar jobs will be created in Australia by 2025 as the country aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. Whether these figures turn out to be true or not is open to debate, but it does signal a growth in sustainability jobs going forward.

Opportunities are developing for renewable energy, ecologically sustainable design and energy efficiency. Australia's HVAC&R industry (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration) has already taken aboard green initiatives as a way to minimise costs and reduce the carbon footprint within the built environment. Australia's HVAC&R industry will see openings for environmental officers, sustainability engineers, design, project management and technical maintenance and service.

Opportunities for energy efficiency exist in industries across the board from manufacturing to construction and from mining to banking. Sustainability recruitment agencies are keen to point out that creating environmentally sustainable jobs is not about destroying jobs in heavy carbon industries but about re-training and adopting sustainability measures across all industries. For example, the 'greening' of accountancy involves clients looking for a carbon footprint analysis along with other accounts when doing business; accountants can add to their skill set by training up on greenhouse gas emission reporting.

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