Use your subject


Think about what 'using your subject' means to you and what you're really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it's a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Landscape graduates on Prospects but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Amenity horticulturist

Designs, manages and maintains different types of recreational areas such as public gardens, parks, planting areas, sports facilities, and cemeteries. The work requires management skills as well as technical skills and horticultural knowledge.

It is not necessary to hold a relevant degree but a range of relevant non-graduate qualifications in horticulture are available.

Use our Occupations section Agriculture, horticulture and forestry for more information and links to useful websites.

Commercial horticulturist / manager

Works in the production and supply of crops, plants and flowers to retailers and plant nurseries. This job involves the management of horticultural businesses and requires business skills as well as knowledge of horticulture and cultivation.

New entrants are likely to have qualifications in horticulture, although this does not have to be at degree level.

Use our Occupations section Agriculture, horticulture and forestry for more information and links to useful websites.

Environmental education officer

Develops people’s awareness of environmental issues and promotes sustainability and conservation by developing and delivering educational events with different groups. You would give talks and run activities with specific audiences (eg schools, community groups or members of the public) and may be involved in creating campaigns to raise awareness of environmental issues.

You may also train volunteers involved in practical conservation projects.

A relevant postgraduate course in an environmental discipline would be advantageous, while a postgraduate degree in education is only desirable for jobs focusing exclusively on schools.

Use our Occupations section Environment and conservation for more information and links to useful websites.

Environmental scientist / consultant

Undertakes environmental impact assessments/research and offers expert advice to both commercial and public sector organisations on issues such as waste management, flood risk, renewable energy, utility companies' compliance with environmental legislation and regulations.

This can involve data collection and analysis, conducting field surveys and using software-modelling packages and then producing detailed technical reports, which you then present to clients considering suitability of new developments eg housing, power stations, wind farms in relation to potential impacts on the environment.

New entrants will usually have a relevant environmental postgraduate qualification, or work experience in an organisation related to the area they are interested in.

Use our Occupations section Environment and conservation for more information and links to useful websites.

Graphic designer

Designs the visual aspects of a wide variety of digital and printed products including websites, adverts, written publications, computer games, packaging and displays.

Designers also create the visual branding of organisations, working on publicity and communications. They work with other creative staff and clients to develop and agree creative concepts.

Although formal graphic design training is not essential, you will need experience of using relevant design software.

Use our Occupations sections Creative and performing arts and Media and multimedia for more information and links to useful websites.

Landscape manager

Specialises in planning, developing and maintaining open spaces such as nature conservation areas, woodlands, historic gardens and estates, parks, and residential developments. They use knowledge of the environment and nature to advise about the long-term maintenance and development of the landscape in their care.

Job titles may also include countryside officer, reserve managers, or rights of way officer. A postgraduate qualification in landscape management accredited by the Landscape Institute can be advantageous.

Nature conservation officer

Protects and manages natural environments such as woodland, moorland, coastal areas, rivers and mountains. Part of the job includes the planning and implementation of policy to protect of the environment as well as to encourage use and understanding of the countryside.

Work experience, paid or voluntary, is essential, while some employers require a relevant Master’s degree so a postgraduate qualification can be helpful.

Town planner

Involved in the management of the built environment in order to balance the conflicting demands of housing, industry, farming, business development, the transport infrastructure and the needs of the local population. They aim to ensure sustainability of new developments and regeneration of towns and cities, alongside the preservation of the countryside and in light of climate change issues.

If you don't have a relevant planning degree, it's advantageous to study for an accredited Master's qualification.

Urban designer

Develops ideas for the design of the environments people live and work in, ranging from entire towns to individual streets.

As well as creative design skills, you'll also need the ability to research and understand the physical and economic nature of a location and the needs of people using it. A specific urban design qualification is not always necessary if you have a related qualification and/or relevant design and software skills.