Governments across the globe are deeply concerned about the adverse effects of climate change on planet Earth. Therefore, they are keen to develop technologies that will cleanse and save a deteriorating environment. They are equally eager to link up with people who can make worthwhile contributions towards making this a reality. In other words, jobs are available in plenty, specifically in the renewable energy arena.
According to experts studying the changing scenario in the renewable and clean energy sector, the global job market is only growing. One such knowledgeable professional is David Hunt from Hyperion Executive Search, UK. His company focuses on recruiting for the renewables industry, which comprises of 6500+ establishments spread across the country. However, the company also conducts at least 50% of its business overseas. According to Hunt, “One of the most exciting areas of growth is in energy storage. This provides both UK and international job opportunities for students and graduates interested in forging a career in our sector.”
Now, this is the existing situation in the UK alone. Then, the global situation must be even more promising in nature! Lux Research concludes that the energy storage industry might display the worth of over $100 billion soon.
This is because the world is desperate to lessen or control carbon emissions and halt climate change.
Conserving the environment, maintaining the normalcy of the world’s climate, and improving the quality of air in urban areas is fine. The creation of economic and financial opportunities, enhancing prosperity, and rolling out new jobs is equally wonderful. The snag is the shortage of skilled people to handle the various tasks involved in using sources of renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency.
For instance, these projects require engineers from different backgrounds – environment, mechanical, design, etc. Some engineers will have to display specialized knowledge of wind energy, hydroelectricity, etc.
Similarly, companies will have to hire business developers, professional ecologists, experienced technicians, helicopter pilots, analysts and researchers, communication experts, etc., too. However, more and more modern-day youngsters seem to be opting for the IT sector or other equally lucrative careers. Therefore finding individuals with wonderfully analytical mindsets and specialized skills is proving rather difficult.
It is imperative to create awareness needs of companies engaging in creating tidal, onshore/offshore wind, wave, solar, biogas, etc., energy. It is possible to work on the land, even in the outdoors. It is possible to work within an office environment, conduct experiments in a laboratory, or roam the seas. Then again, one need never be out of a job, as all these assignments are long-term in nature.
In short, people opting for STEM subjects, that is, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, stand a good chance of being absorbed in the renewables and energy efficiency sectors.
Climatescope’s 2018 report brought heartening news. India stands second in the list of global emerging economies, to transition to the clean energy sector!
Similarly, the world views it as the fourth highest marketplace for renewable energy. Concerning the capacity for installations of renewable energy sources.
India has taken fifth place in the global list. All this has come with due to the Indian Government, investors and improved economies working together, since 2014. The nation has committed a renewable energy capacity of 175 GW by 2022 and 500 GW by 2030, to the Paris Agreement. The focus will be on solar energy and wind power. The plan for 2040 is even more ambitious! India hopes to fulfil approximately 49% of the country’s total electricity needs through renewable energy.
The Indian Government has achieved much over the last few years. However, there is much more work to be done. Towards this end, several initiatives are on the way. For example, Delhi aims to create a 5,000 KW solar park in place of Rajghat”s thermal power plant. The State of Rajasthan, Indian Railways, etc., have projects of their own.
Apart from this, foreign investors are keen to contribute to the development of the Indian renewable energy sector. All this amounts to a significant happening, which is the creation of numerous job opportunities across India. Furthermore, the employment opportunities will increase at all levels, from the highest to the lowest.
Therefore, unemployed individuals in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas would be wise to grab the chance to re-educate themselves, learn novel skills, gain new experiences and contribute towards the creation of a better living environment for all.