There are a number of companies offering environmental consultancy services, and many of the smaller sized ones focus their work in specific industries. Others specialise in particular work, such as environmental impact assessment or audit, crossing all sectors. The larger consultancies have frequently grown out of companies that originally made their names in sectors such as waste management, civil engineering or water and sewage.
The client bases of consultancies contain all sectors of business and industry, and also local and central govt, in the USA and worldwide.
Various other employers of environmental consultants consist of: regional authorities; state and federal government; non-governmental and wildlife organisations; pressure and preservation groups.
In the longer term, openings are more than likely to be expanding further afield in the developing territories of India, China and South America.
Consultancy is the single largest recruiting sector for environmental professionals.
Environmental law remains the significant driving force for growth in the UK environmental sector, closely followed by new development and infrastructure/regeneration.
The greatest growth areas in consultancy are predicted to be climate change/emissions management and waste management and sustainability, followed closely by environmental impact assessment and contaminated land.