Keen on a career in technology AND the environment? You can totally merge the two! Here are three ways tech pros can use their skills to lower carbon footprints.
#1 Develop sustainably
Web developers should aim for lightweight websites as these use less energy and bandwidth, lowering the overall carbon footprint. Easy ways to do this is to link to videos instead of embedding them, scrap unnecessary images and by going mobile-first.
#2 Create an accessible UX
UX designers can play a part too. When creating an interface, content should be easy to read and navigation a cinch. This way users will load less pages and use less energy.
#3 Make planet saving apps
Coders and software engineers around the world are creating apps that promote sustainability. This is an awesome way to combine tech with your environmental passion – whether that’s recycling, fashion, food or something else entirely!
Check out the Aussies making an impact in this area…
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Uber for your recyclables! This app lets you book a pickup for tough to recycle items, like soft plastics and e-waste.
If you wanna reduce your impact on our oceans by eating more sustainable seafood, GoodFish has you covered with it traffic light ranking system.
Did you know?
The internet currently produces approximately 3.8% of global carbon emissions, according to Sustainable Web Design.
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Technology and the environment study
- Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Science (Earth Science), Monash University
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing / Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies), The University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Computer Science / Bachelor of Science (Environment), University of Wollongong
Technology and the environment jobs
- Software engineer: AU$56k – $116k and NZ$51k – $106k
- UX designer: AU$51k – $114k and NZ$46k – $117k
- App developer: AU$52k – AU$111k and NZ$49k – NZ$87k*
*Source: salaries according to payscale.com
Wanna hear more about technology and the environment? Check out coding for conservation and how its saving the environment with drones, satellites and artificial intelligence.
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Technology 2021.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.