Les métiers du développement durable

Sustainable development professions

The sustainable development sector, and the energy industry in general, is booming. The career opportunities offered in this sector are varied and constantly evolving. These professions have become essential to the functioning of a more sustainable society.

Energy-related professions are particularly in vogue: wind power, photovoltaics, geothermal energy, marine energy and electric vehicles. Renewable energies are playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives, creating numerous jobs worldwide.

EM Normandie offers a range of specialisations in sustainable development.

Examples of jobs in sustainable development :

Sustainability consultant

Sustainability consultants help companies and organizations integrate ecological and sustainable practices into their day-to-day operations. They may work independently or be affiliated with a consulting firm.

Some consultants specialize in energy efficiency, waste management or corporate sustainability.

Their mission is to analyze the organization's current practices and propose strategies to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact and promote social responsibility. He also supports his clients in implementing these strategies and monitoring improvements.

Its missions include :

  • Assess environmental practices and identify areas for improvement.
  • Design and implement sustainable solutions.
  • Support companies in implementing sustainability strategies.
  • Provide expertise and strategic advice.
  • Maintain an ongoing technological and regulatory watch.

Renewable energy project manager

Renewable energy project managers manage the development and installation of renewable energy sources: wind, solar, biomass or hydroelectric.

They manage all phases of the project, from feasibility study to commissioning, including contract management, construction supervision and cost control.

After assessing the project's needs, he or she draws up schedules, budgets the necessary resources and ensures compliance with quality and environmental standards. As project manager, he or she may lead a team of specialists: engineers, technicians, environmental analysts, etc.

His/her main missions are :

  • Direct project planning and execution.
  • Manage budget, schedule and resources.
  • Coordinate project teams and stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental and safety standards.
  • Monitor progress and resolve issues that arise during the project.

Find out more about S. Lebain & C. Camoin, CEO & Project Manager, Unifer Environment

Urban planner

The ecologically oriented urban planner specializes in the planning and development of virtuous urban development projects. They work for municipalities, urban planning consultancies or as freelancers.

His mission is to design urban spaces that promote biodiversity, the efficient use of resources and a better quality of life for residents. He coordinates a team of experts (architects, engineers, environmental specialists) to integrate ecological solutions into urban planning.

After analyzing the geographical and socio-economic characteristics of an area, he proposes development plans that meet sustainable development needs.

Its main missions are to:

  • Design and implement sustainable urban development plans.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary experts to integrate ecological solutions.
  • Oversee project completion and compliance with environmental standards.
  • Conduct analyses and assessments for urban development projects.
  • Promote environmentally-friendly urban development practices to decision-makers and the community.

CSR Officer (Corporate Social Responsibility)

The CSR project manager is responsible for implementing and monitoring the CSR approach within a company. They may work in the industrial or commercial sector, for large corporations or SMEs, or as external consultants.

Their mission is to develop and promote initiatives that align the company's operations with the principles of sustainable development, while improving its social and environmental performance.

After identifying areas for improvement, he or she works to integrate sustainable practices into operational processes. In the event of CSR-related non-compliance, he or she proposes solutions and oversees their implementation.

His/her main tasks are to:

  • Develop and implement CSR strategies and policies adapted to the company's objectives.
  • Coordinate CSR initiatives to ensure their effectiveness.
  • Produce progress reports on the company's CSR activities.
  • Promote sustainable practices within the company.
  • Monitor CSR projects and assess their impact on overall performance.

Water treatment engineer

Water treatment engineers specialize in the design, optimization and management of water treatment systems for municipalities, industries or environmental engineering firms.

Their essential role is to ensure that water meets the quality standards required for consumption, discharge or industrial use. This includes developing new treatment technologies, improving existing processes and managing treatment facilities.

After analyzing the water's characteristics and identifying contaminants, he designs systems adapted to effectively eliminate these harmful substances. As project manager, he or she may lead a team of engineers and technicians.

Their main tasks are to:

  • Design and implement technical solutions for water treatment.
  • Supervise the construction and commissioning of treatment plants.
  • Monitor and optimize treatment processes.
  • Write technical reports and feasibility studies.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental and safety standards in all treatment operations.


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