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Career prospects after the degree programme Natural Resource Sciences

«After graduating, environmental engineers bring along important factors: professional competence, structured working methods, but also a broad horizon and extensive know-how.»

Monika Scherrer, municipal president Degersheim

The future relies on sustainability

Environmental markets are developing rapidly and very dynamically. The areas of environmental technologies and services, energy and water supplies, regional agriculture, urban and landscape development are regarded as having high developmental potential both in the short and long term. In the course of (building) a sustainable economy, numerous new jobs are being created in the environmental sector.

The future relies on sustainability. With a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Sciences, you will be well equipped for this. The programme leads to professional qualifications, and thanks to the practically-oriented training, it will open up a wide range of career opportunities for you, be it as an employee in the private sector, public administration, a non-profit organisation, or as a self-employed entrepreneur

Career opportunities and remuneration after graduation

Graph: Percentage share in different fields of activity. Multiple answers possible

Almost half of our graduates who completed their studies in 2017 moved directly into employment. One year after graduation, 73% were in paid employment; two years after graduation. Among the graduates who graduated in 2015, 80% are in employment.

When looking for employment, personal contacts are often more promising than applications for publicly advertised positions. For many, gainful employment during their studies or an internship is a decisive move towards successful employment upon graduation. Two thirds of those who have found employment upon graduation consider their work to be within the realm of natural resource science(s).

The majority of graduates' annual income ranges between approximately CHF 65,000 and CHF 104,000.

Source: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR) graduating survey, January 2019

Agriculture and Horticulture

«The holistic understanding of organic agriculture, which is imparted during the studies, is of great advantage in my job.» Anja Ackermann, graduate
«As project manager at Andermatt Biocontrol, I can always rely on the comprehensive knowledge I acquired during my studies.» Marcel Tanner, graduate

Those graduating with the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences work in:

  • Agricultural research, consulting and educational institutions
  • Vegetable, fruit, wine and ornamental plant production 
  • Organisations trading and marketing agricultural goods
  • Public agricultural institutions and association

Renewable energies and eco-technologies

«I am part of the energy transition! As a building services planner, I actively contribute to the energy efficiency of buildings.» Alice Hefti, graduate
«I am part of the energy transition! As an energy project manager, I actively contribute to energy efficiency in my community.» Max Thamon-Gros, graduate
«I am part of the energy transition! At Hilti, as Head of Purchasing, I actively contribute to reducing the Footprint.» Philip Skaro, graduate
«I am part of the energy transition! As an energy consultant, I create sustainable energy concepts for building owners.» Anja Weishäupl, graduate
«I am part of the energy transition! At myclimate, I create life cycle assessments and environmental reports for companies.» Marco Jenni, graduate

Possible occupational fields after your studies are ...

  • Engineering offices or advisory offices, e.g. with focus on renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable construction
  • Research institutes in recycling management and technology
  • Solar companies
  • Energy departments at federal, cantonal and municipal authorities
  • Sustainability departments of companies in logistics, energy and resource optimisation
  • Start-ups, e.g. for innovative water technology, solar energy or CO2-neutral solutions

Nature Management

«As head of the inspectorate at the ARV Aushub-, Rückbau- und Recycling Verband Schweiz I plan inspections, carry them out and train further inspectors. A varied job!» Cyril Inderbitzin, graduate
«The knowledge about wildlife, wildlife management and biology acquired during my studies is elementary as manager of Wildlife Switzerland.» Simon Meier, graduate

Those graduating with the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences work in:

  • Environmental consulting and Engineering offices 
  • Centres of expertise for landscape, environment, nature protection, hunting and
    fishing at federal, cantonal and community levels
  • Administrative offices for nature reserves and nature parks 
  • Institutes for nature and landscape research 
  • Environmental organisations and foundations involved in nature and landscape

Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development

«The study programme in Wädenswil combines the concerns of humans and nature – a requirement for sustainable development.» Brigitte Pfammatter, graduate
«The various challenges of today's society can often no longer be solved with conventional approaches. This is why new approaches and innovative partnerships are needed to develop, test and implement new business models. As a Change Maker you will get to know innovative solutions and methods which are not only profitable and sustainable, but also bring positive changes.» Matthias Leisinger, Independent Consultant for CSR and Sustainability
«Thanks to the study programme in Wädenswil, I am now working as a change maker for forward-looking, sustainable development.» Christoph Müller, graduate
«The study programme allows me to develop and implement balanced solutions for sustainable development.» Fabian Gämperle, Student
«As a change maker I bring together nature and people - always in the context of a sustainable future.» Stefan Wild, Student

Those graduating with the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences work in:

  • Environmental consulting and communication offices
  • Administrative offices of regional nature parks, nature centres and protected Areas
  • Environmental organisations and foundations involved in sustainable development
  • Sustainability and environmental staff units in companies
  • Regional and community development and tourism offices
  • Self-employed in change management for sustainable development

Urban Ecosystems

«As a project manager at the Stadtgärtnerei Luzern, I use my knowledge from my practice-oriented studies on a daily basis.» David Risi, graduate
«The study programme lays the foundation for a networked and sustainable way of thinking.» Bettina Knobel, graduate

Those graduating with the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences work in:

  • Offices for nature protection, environmental consulting and ecology
  • Landscape architecture offices, spatial and environmental planning companies
  • Centres of expertise at federal, cantonal and community levels for nature protection,
    planning, construction, management and maintenance
  • Research and educational institutions involved in urban ecology and biodiversity