How to secure a clean energy job of the future

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As the world transitions to clean energy, it’s natural that certain jobs will become redundant, while others will be highly sought after in the not-too-distant future. What occupations will be most in demand and what can you do now to snag a lucrative clean energy job of the future?

Unprecedented demand

According to the Beyond Zero Emissions 2020 projection, Australia is capable of generating 1.8 million new jobs in five years through investment in a renewable energy economy. Net Zero Australia predicts that 1.3 million skilled workers will be needed by mid-century in order for Australia to reach net zero emissions and become a major exporter of renewable energy. Regardless of whether Australia hits these targets or not, one thing is clear: a major shift is underway and with it comes an unprecedented demand for ‘green’ jobs.

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The clean green job machine

When we refer to ‘clean’ or ‘green’ jobs, what do we mean exactly? And how do these jobs stack up against each other? Green jobs can be defined as any occupations that conserve energy, develop alterative energy, reduce pollution or recycle; they can range from installing solar panels to operating a wind turbine to driving trucks of green ammonia. Not all green jobs are created equal though. What specific clean energy jobs will be most sought after in the future?

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Most in-demand clean energy jobs

Two roles stand out as clear frontrunners when it comes to future demand: electricians and engineers. If you want to set yourself up well for a future career in clean energy, training for one of these roles would be a great place to start.

A 2021 survey conducted by Australia’s clean energy council found that more than 50 per cent of employment in renewable energy is currently in engineering-type roles, including electrical and mechanical trades. A low carbon future calls for specific types of engineers to support the transition; electrical, civil, power systems and grid connections engineers will be highly sought after, according to the CEC’s Clean Energy Careers Guide.

Demand for clean energy jobs across the entire sector is predicted to skyrocket, with experts forecasting a ten-fold increase by mid-century. If you are looking for a career path with abundant future opportunities, acquiring the qualifications and skills to work as an engineer or electrician within the renewables sector is an excellent way to set yourself up for success.

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