An ECO Canada report says 22% of the environmental workforce is expected to retire in the next 10 years

Mario ToneguzziA report by Environmental Careers Organization of Canada says 100,000 additional jobs are expected to be created in the environmental sector over the next six years.

The report says Canada has 364,000 environmental professionals who combine knowledge, skills and experience to function at an elevated level in job duties that relate to environmental protection, natural resource management or sustainability. In the coming years, the environmental workforce is projected to grow by 24 per cent, bringing the total workers involved in the sector to 464,000 by 2024, it says.

The outlook is promising for environmental occupations as all levels of government, academic institutions and industries are mobilizing to support clean technology and climate change implications.

“Job opportunities in the environmental sector arise in specific industries and regions, mainly in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia where the demand for environmental workers is high,” says the report.

ECO Canada also said that 22 per cent of the environmental workforce is expected to retire in the next 10 years.

“It’s absolutely necessary to learn new technologies to work in the environmental sector. The use of drones is a clear example of how the field is leaning towards more precise ways of doing a job. An environmental worker in this day and age has to monitor or prevent situations with more sophisticated tools,” said Kevin Nilsen, president and CEO at ECO Canada.

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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