Often specializing in environmental engineering or science, most environmental consultants provide a form of compliance consulting which is geared towards ensuring that their clients maintain an appropriate level of compliance with environmental regulations. While there are many sub-disciplines within this form of consulting, essentially there are just two types of environmental consultants. Most either enter as environmentalists hoping to improve the state of industry or they enter from the world of industry as a means of improving their own bottom line.
While industry employs the most environmental consultancies, agriculture, construction and even scientific organizations are seeing substantial growth in this field. For many of these companies the motivation is sincere, as they are truly interested in improving the environment. For others though, the appearance that they are going green is a useful marketing tool across many demographics. Cynical as it may seem to say so, a company which appears to be mending its ways has a head start over a company which has always maintained environmental awareness in its practices. Regardless of which scenario is true for a business, or the sincerity of the change, it is still a step in the right direction for everyone and credit should still be given where it is due.