Land based Careers

Many land-based jobs/nature-based jobs are vital to ensure Scotland meets net zero targets and biodiversity targets by 2045. Land-based jobs can be within a variety of sectors, including tourism, food & drink, renewable energy and sustainable production.

Land-based/nature-based roles can include forestry, fisheries, mining, renewable energy, dairies, farming, water management, land management, civil engineering, countryside/park ranger services, conservation and research.

  • Between 2015 and 2019, increase in nature-based jobs increased by 12,031, equivalent to a 7.5% increase – five times the rate of increase of all jobs across Scotland. This increase accounted for 31.7% of all job growth in Scotland during this period.
  • In 2019, there were an estimated 195,000 nature-based jobs in Scotland (equivalent to 7.5% of all jobs).
  • Also 67,000 jobs in energy production, including renewables. A further 2,400 jobs in mining activities.
  • After whisky, seafood is Scotland’s second largest export, sold to over 100 countries.