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Career prospects after the Master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources

«In the master's programme Environment and Natural Resources I was able to supplement my knowledge from the bachelor's programme with important methodological skills, which are a great support in my current position as project leader in the field of nature conservation. The master's thesis gave me the opportunity to focus intensively on a research topic of practical relevance and to carry out a project from A to Z.»

Andreas Hofstetter, Project Leader FORNAT AG

Fields of activity with focus on Agrofood Systems

You become sought-after employees and leaders. After your Master's degree you will work as:

  • Project manager for the development and implementation of environmental standards in a food company.
  • Expert in an NGO in the field of Rural Development.
  • Researcher in a research institution in the field of Agricultural Systems and Rural Development.
  • PhD student at a university in Switzerland or abroad (Double Degree with the University of Ljubljana)
  • Team leader in an SME or large enterprise in the agricultural value chain.
  • Project manager in a company that initiates, implements and controls label programmes.
  • or you might become self-employed and set up a start-up in the field of sustainability communication.

Fields of activity with focus on Biodiversity & Ecosystems

You have attractive prospects on the job market. After your Master's degree you will work as:

  • Senior employee at a consultancy specialising in ecological project.
  • Research associate with a public authority.
  • Project manager in an NGO.
  • PhD student at a university in Switzerland or abroad (Double Degree with the University of Ljubljana)
  • or you might become self-employed and set up a consultancy office.

Fields of activity with focus on Ecological Engineering

You become sought-after employees or take on management functions. After your Master's degree you will work as:

  • Position of responsibility in the fields of sustainability, environment, energy in a company or for a city or local authority.
  • Consultant in an energy consulting company.
  • Recycling project manager.
  • Expert in an NGO that implements eco technology systems in developing countries.
  • Researcher in the field of environment, energy or eco-technology at a university or research institution.
  • PhD student at a university (Double Degree with the University of Ljubljana)
  • or become self-employed and found a start-up business.

How do future employers assess career opportunities?

«At FiBL, we are working, among other things, on the question of how food production and our diet can be made sustainable. To answer this questions, knowledge from various disciplines and a systemic understanding of production, processing and consumption is required. The MRU Agrofood Systems focuses on precisely this and considers sustainability across the entire value chain.»

Matthias Stolze, Head of the Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

«In our ecology office we employ specialists who can assess fauna, flora and their habitats. Networked thinking, interdisciplinary skills and the ability to present complex issues in an understandable way are central to our everyday work. The ZHAW's Master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources offers ideal conditions for this.»

Conny Thiel-Egenter, Management FORNAT AG

«In the Swiss building park there is a strong need for energy-efficient renovations. Energy consulting & planning requires networked thinking from the fields of technology, ecology and economy. These competencies are taught in the master's course Environment and Natural Resources.»

Ruedi Giezendanner, architect and energy consultant, owner & manager of Enora AG in Rapperswil-Jona