Environmental Studies

Below are details about the field of study you have chosen to explore, as well as some potential careers.


The study of the relationships between living organisms and the natural, rural, industrial and urban environments. It includes the study of the impact humans have upon the natural environment. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the scientific aspects of the environment and the procedures required to establish an environmentally sustainable society. It also involves developing an understanding of how physical, economic, social and technological factors affect the environment.

Course skills

Environmental Studies develops skills in:

  • applying the principles and practices of managing natural ecosystems
  • assessing the impact of humans on the environment
  • preparing environmental impact statements
  • identifying, evaluating and analysing environmental issues of current and future significance.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Environmental Scientists

Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.


Gardeners plant, cultivate, maintain, plan and construct parks, gardens and landscapes, and inspect, diagnose and treat trees and shrubs.

Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers include Hunter-Trapper and Pest Controller occupations.

Other Specialist Managers

Other Specialist Managers include Arts Administrator or Manager, Environmental Manager, Laboratory Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Sports Administrator occupations.

University Lecturers and Tutors

University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.