SURVEY: Trends in Sustainability Consulting (Part 1)

The annual Sustainability Consulting “State of the Industry” Survey is now open!  This is our 3rd annual survey and we are excited to keep the findings growing.  The more consistently we are able to do this each year the more we can hone in on trends and projections, all thanks to our active consultants’ participation!

Ever ask yourself how much the average sustainability consultant brings in or what the top skill sets are these days?   Each year we take the pulse on what it means to be in sustainability consulting today with our State of the Industry Survey.  We’ve created a short 15 question survey for *current* sustainability consultants.  (If you aren't currently practicing, please skip the survey.) The questions cover salary trends, growth areas, client expectations, and more.  It’s completely anonymous and your information will not be shared with anyone else.

Click here to take the survey (about 5 minutes) and you’ll have the option to receive the summary results in three weeks.  Find out how your salary compares to your peers, where the next consulting jobs will come from, and how the industry feels about the future 12 months.

This 4 part series will delve into the sections of the survey that really paint the bigger picture for all of us and reference some of the 2010 findings as an example.  Last year we had a 98% completion rate … see, it’s easy and the results are invaluable: providing industry insights you can use to prepare for next year!  It’s an important time to take the sustainability consulting pulse so please make sure to participate before the survey closes on November 9th, 2011.

The majority of respondents expected to earn more from sustainability in 2011 than they did in 2010, so it will be interesting to see what the 2011 survey shows now that we are here!  We also can’t wait to compare 2011 findings against our general findings that explore areas like how many people work full time in your sustainability consulting organization, your sustainability consulting firm’s expected total gross revenue, how many clients your entire sustainability consulting organization worked with, and the average cost of hiring your organization for a project.

Once you've taken the survey, please pass it along to your colleagues.  The more responses we get, the more robust the answers!

Interested in learning more about sustainability consulting or grabbing some great resources if you’re feeling a little stuck?  Sustainability is an ever-evolving field, and as sustainability consultants, we’re constantly learning new things.  Instead of keeping all of this knowledge to ourselves, we are always open to sharing!  From our webinars to our white papers and on-demand training, we hope you find what you’re looking for and spend a little time participating in this year’s survey along the way!