Boasting rich biological and ecological diversity, South Africa’s natural landscape provides essential ecosystem services that supports socio-economic growth, development and livelihoods. Environmental risks, brought on by for example climate change, extreme weather events, increasing production and consumption, amongst others could significantly compromise these ecosystems and dependent human wellbeing and livelihoods. Environmental science explores environmental phenomena and people’s interactions within the environment to identify opportunities for synergy and sustainable management.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, environmental scientists collaborate with ecologists, environmental engineers and other professionals to address particular environmental challenges. They can work between an office and laboratory and travel to field sites to collect air, soil, water and other data for analysis.
Environmental scientists need to have an extensive understanding of environmental phenomena and interrelationships within the environment and will also benefit from:
Conduct environmental audits to evaluate potential impacts
Develop and coordinate the implementation of environmental management systems
Assess organisational compliance of environmental regulations
Provide technical advice and support to organisations
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science at NMU, RU, UCT, UJ, UKZN, UMP, UP, UWC and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Environmental Studies at all universities
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations.
Construction and manufacturing companies.
Private environmental consultancies.