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Career prospects after the degree programme Natural Resource Sciences

A sustainable future

Environmental markets are developing rapidly and very dynamically. The economic sectors of energy and water supply, regional agriculture, urban and landscape development, environmental technologies and services are attributed high development potential both in short and long term. In the course of a sustainable economy, numerous new jobs are created in the environmental sector.

The Bachelor's degree programme at the ZHAW leads to a professionally recognised qualification and, due to its practical orientation, opens up many career opportunities, whether as an employee in a private company, public administration or non-profit organisation, or as an independent entrepreneur.

Fields of activities

Depending on your specialisation, you will work in different fields of activities:

Specialisation in Organic Agriculture and Horticulture (BLH)

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

Specialisation in Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering (EÖ)

  • Centres of expertise for sustainable energies at federal, cantonal and community levels 
  • Energy consulting and ecological engineering offices
  • Start-ups in the areas of renewable energies, materials management and ecological
  • Construction firms focusing on sustainable building
«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

Specialisation in Nature Management (NM)

  • 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



«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

Specialisation Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development

  • 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
«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

Specialisation in Urban Ecosystems (UÖ)

  • 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
«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