The Top Jobs you Might Consider for a Career Change Within The Green Sector
In the same way that many of us now work in jobs that didn’t exist when we were at school (just witness the rise of the digital sector), our children are likely to be considering a range of cutting-edge jobs in the green sector in just a few short years. And certainly this green sector does offer a wealth of opportunities, with some of the finest minds in technology, science, policy and business working together to find innovations in the sustainability and environmental arena. Government policy seems set to drive more and more industry towards greener operating models and the public purse looks likely to heavily fund this burgeoning sector in the medium term. It also offers fantastic career opportunities, with many roles still emerging and developing along with the sector itself.
A Wide Range of Jobs
The green sector covers a gamut of professions – so there is likely to be something that will match your skill set. The opportunities for freelancers and self-employed people are huge – whether that’s as carbon-management consultants, sustainability project managers, freelance CSR communications professionals or PhD students working on funded research projects.
Built Engineering and Built Environment
For those qualified in the growing areas of design and sustainability building management, BREEAM jobs are an interesting and rewarding role, often suitable for freelancers and the self-employed. Other top jobs include sustainable engineers and architects and designers of energy-efficient homes.
Energy and Renewables
The UK is under pressure to transition to a lower-carbon economy and move quickly to do so. This means creating energy security and driving innovation. For example, £200 billion is needed to make necessary upgrades to the nation’s electricity infrastructure in the next decade and similar targets are in place to double renewable energy. In fact, government targets state that by 2020 15% of UK energy must come from a range of renewable sources such as solar, geothermal, marine, wind, bio-fuels and hydro. There are many opportunities in these sectors, from the scientists who develop new bio-fuel crops to the car designers and producers who manufacture energy-efficient hybrid cars. Vast project teams with all kinds of skills are required to work on these large-scale energy projects, which often have generous budgets attached.
The UK has a binding target to cut 80% of carbon emissions by 2050. At the same time, business is realizing the attractive cost savings, marketing benefits and wider opportunities that greener operations can bring. An ‘Eco-system‘ of environmental activities and businesses is rapidly springing up as a result – everything from SIA consulting through to permaculture, water management and corporate social responsibility. This offers fantastic opportunities for those who can get qualified in new and in-demand roles and either join existing organizations offering such services, or set up their own businesses or consultancies offering them to companies and other organizations.
The growth of the green sector is only set to continue, so smart opportunists will position themselves accordingly to meet the demands of a changing world and make sure that their skill set and experience aligns them well to building a rich and diverse career within the sector – today and in the future.