Chief Sustainability Officers

Chief Sustainability Officer Gives a Presentation

The chief sustainability officer is a high-ranking executive in a corporation or other organization. Their work focuses on developing and executing strategies to help companies operate in more environmentally friendly and sustainable ways. They help develop environmental programs and supervise the programs' employees and volunteers. Their work also entails monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of sustainability programs to make them more effective and efficient. According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 223,260 chief executives employed in the United States, including chief sustainability officers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chief Environmental Manager, Chief Officer of Environment, Director of Sustainability, Vice President of Sustainability
Duties Monitor and implement sustainability programs for companies; oversee staff and volunteers for sustainability programs; work closely with top-level executives, board of directors, and staff
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, but best in large metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Earth Science
Experience Five or more years experience in management positions with involvement in sustainability programs
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Board Member
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Management Trainee