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Natural resources and the environment

Two women feed cows in the cowshed. Photo: Olli Häkämies

Qualifications in Natural resources and the environment (vocational qualifications, further qualifications, and specialist qualifications) provide the student with the competence needed for various tasks in agriculture and forestry or other nature-based industries.

The structural change of rural areas is bringing about new industries, operating methods, and forms of enterprise. Tasks in this sector must take into account the sustainable use of natural resources and environmentally friendly operations. The enlargement of the EU and the globalisation of markets pose challenges to competitiveness, particularly in the natural resources sectors.

Professionals with a qualification in Natural Resources and the Environment are employed by agricultural and forestry farms, horticultural enterprises, landscaping and forestry enterprises, and in the horticultural trade either as entrepreneurs or employees. The number of jobs in environmental and landscape management services is increasing.

Those engaged in the natural resources and the environment sector work with animals, plants, and associated technology. The work frequently requires a good level of physical fitness and a capacity to work in variable conditions and a respect for nature. Customer service work also continuously creates growth opportunities in the sector.

These include

  • farm relief services
  • pet boarding services
  • agricultural machinery contracting and subcontracting
  • equine sector services
  • landscaping and plantscaping
  • forest, water system and environmental management services
  • wilderness, nature tourism, and agritourism services.