Sustainable Jobs. Green jobs: up-to-date and diverse

Sustainable Jobs – Green jobs: up-to-date and diverse

Gender inequality in male-dominated fields like engineering is still an often debated phenomenon. But how is the situation in the diverse field of environmental studies? The project “Green jobs – up-to-date and diverse” examines the gender differences in environmental education programmes.

The initial research question directed towards understanding the gender distribution in the thriving field of environmental programmes in secondary schools and higher education. The study was conducted to achieve a deeper understanding of possible reasons and backgrounds for gender inequality in environmental education and organisations which offer green jobs as well as the promotion of gender awareness and sustainable values in the this sector. In order to establish a basis for a study, the status quo needed to be analysed. In an online survey addressing students at universities and technical colleges, the participants stated their interests and intentions towards studying programmes and orientation concerning possible jobs and career strategies. Moreover, the students assessed which personal qualities and competences are necessary for successful work in green jobs. The thorough outcome of the survey had actually broadened the study and provided a comprehensive overview of environmental education and green jobs in Austria.

In order to define the field of green jobs, a number of key issues arose: which educational concepts are necessary to facilitate a sustainable knowledge and information society? Which qualifications provide the necessary basis to work successfully in the branch of green jobs? What should educational institutions provide and how can they reach a broad audience?

Quantitative and qualitative analyses presented informative coherences regarding gender differences, fields of education, career aspirations and core competences. Owing to the significant outcome, a main focus was laid on working up the results to serve the target groups. Target-group-specific processing forms an integral part in general and makes the results and findings of the study accessible for the interested public. There is a great concern to enable a transfer of knowledge to the target groups and to help improving communication of environmental education programmes. Furthermore, central in the study are recommendations for implementing a gender and diversity inclusive development of organisational culture in the field of green jobs.

The results of the study are published in the series “Forum Exkurse Edition”, generally treating the debate of adapting sustainable development in our society. Guest authors enriched the publication with informative inputs about environmental education systems, sustainability and further gender related aspects. Thus the collection of essays combines the contemporary highly relevant fields of environmental education, green jobs, gender studies and sustainable development. The professionally collected accounts of students’ personal notions and requirements support the communicational interface between students and educational institutions and thereby facilitate the promotion of environmental education programmes.


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period: December 2011 – December 2012
Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (BMLFUW)