The survey background
Back in September 2017, our curiosity regarding where Life Cycle Management (LCM) professionals saw their professional future heading drove us to make a survey to find out what our peers thought. We decided to provide the survey during the LCM conference in Luxemburg, and we got some interesting answers.
As LCM professionals ourselves, we think that life cycle management will continue to play an important role in the future. It is a tool that can enable the development of sustainability strategies and goals, and fortify existing sustainable programs. Life cycle thinking is an established concept throughout life cycle management. We see it taking on more strength in bigger contexts such as in circular economy. LCM is therefore a solid base for successfully achieving quantifiable sustainable targets, for businesses and other types of organizations.
The survey results
The majority of our survey respondents currently work as specialists or experts and have a positive outlook on the future opportunities in LCM. This positive view was mainly based on the fact that there is an increasing governmental focus on sustainable policies (exemplified by big initiatives such as the annual COP and the publishing of the UN sustainable development goals). Furthermore, some professionals think that LCM will be a strong sustainability service driver that could help companies to integrate sustainability in a systematically and efficiently way.
Among the future professional ambitions (for the next 5 to 10 years) from our fellow colleagues, there is strong interest in applying LCM knowledge in the field of R&D. In addition, there is also interest from fellow professionals to become entrepreneurs and open their own start ups within the field of sustainability!
As for how LCM professionals see themselves working on in the future, we received broad answers. Overall, professionals wish to keep working in the field, but there is great interest to also enter into fields such as circular economy and policies related to life cycle assessment (LCA).
We saw from the survey that there is a lot of enthusiasm and positive future perspectives within the LCM community regarding their professional future. We know that sustainability is an interdisciplinary field and requires the principles of systems thinking, which translated to professionals in these fields aspiring to become involved in different interesting fields such as materials intelligence, eco-design and bio based materials, materials scarcity, materials intelligence and biomimicry.
From our side, we definitively see a lot of possibilities within the LCM perspective. We very much value your input in filling-out our survey. If you would still like to share your opinion on how you see the future of LCM professions please feel free to contact us. We always like hearing new opinions!