Working in the renewable energy industry
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is energy collected from renewable resources such as wind, solar, heat (also known as geothermal), rain, tides and waves (also known as hydro) and energy from natural materials (biomass). Unlike fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas which have a limited supply, renewable energy sources are not only far better for the environment, but they will also never run out. Wind energy is currently the largest renewable energy source in the UK.
Why work in the industry
The renewable energy sector is one of the fastest growing sectors and predictions show continuous growth for the future- and as the sector continues to grow, so too does the job creation and demand. The benefits of having a career in the renewable energy sector within the UK is that the industry is not dependant on being located in London as there are energy plants and projects all across the UK in multiple locations.
Another benefit of working within the renewable energy sector is the wide range of job roles available, ranging from engineers, to project managers.
Aside from career benefits, working within renewable energies will also generate a sense of self satisfaction from working within an industry that strives to protect our planet.
Contracting is an extremely dominating form of employment within the renewables sector due to the project focused work. This brings exciting opportunities to workers, allowing them to a variety of sites, locations and projects while upskilling and advancing their career fairly quickly.
Types of work within renewable energies
- Subsea installation
- Onshore/ offshore construction
- Commissioning / O&M
- Project controls / project office
Typical jobs within the industry
- Construction manager
- Crane operator
- Change manager
- Maintenance engineer
- Service technician
- Civil engineer
- Project manager
- Quality control
- Design engineer
Salaries within the renewable energy industry can vary depending on the role, level of the role, experience and whether you are contract or permanent. However, the highest salary for renewable energies tends to be within the Engineering roles.
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