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3 interesting jobs in the energy market

25/03 2020Posted by: 4mat Admin Subscribe to this blog
As our population continues to grow exponentially so does our demand for energy. According to the 2019 Global Energy Statistical Yearbook in just 18 years the global consumption has shot up by about 50%. The spike in demand has pressured out governments to develop alternative methods of energy production that are less polluting whilst adapting current methods to be cleaner and greener.

With this as well as the global trend of digitalisation, we’ve seen an adaptation to existing jobs and the introduction of new jobs in the energy market. In the UK there are 680,000 people working for the energy sector – in renewable energy, nuclear, gas and coal – and the scope of their jobs are extremely diverse. So what are some of the most interesting jobs in the energy market?

Power Station Operator

Business Insider revealed that over the next six years will see a 23.4% job growth for service unit operators – those working in oil, gas and mining. But in the UK our dependence on coal as a source of energy has fallen from 70% to 3% in just 30 years. This refocus has inspired the opening of many gas-fired power plants and RWE are leading the way, currently operating the largest British fleet of gas-fired power plants. But what does a power station operator do?

There is a high level of responsibility involved as the power station operator must oversee the running of the plant on technical matters whilst also ensuring their staff are efficiently managed and kept safe. On the technical side, they’ll conduct plant checks which will involve chemistry analysis and routine inspection, monitoring the flow of energy and responding to any abnormalities.

Because there is a very real degree of danger involved in this job a power station operator must think of health and safety first and foremost. They must be able to think critically, actively listen and use their initiative.

IT developer

The energy market was one of the earliest adopters of digital technologies, beginning in 1970 with power utilities. Since then the market’s success has become increasingly reliant on these technologies and the people who invent and implement them. As a result, since 2014 our global investment in digital electronic infrastructure and software has increased by 20% each year. One interesting job this shift has created for the energy market is an IT developer role.

This is not a job exclusive to the energy sector, but the broad scope of the role is what makes it unique. Within the energy market, there are several subindustries – coal, oil and gas, renewables, and nuclear – and each is a new opportunity for an IT developer to showcase their skills. To excel in this job you’ll need to be passionate about IT development and a have keen interest in learning IT languages. Over time you’ll learn several IT languages – which is a key skill to have in our digital world – and develop a strong IT stack. This job is an opportunity for you to get involved in projects of all size, implementing changes in front end user interfaces and large-scale databases.

In fact, at RWE our graduate IT developer programme will place you in three locations around the UK where you’ll get exposure to several of these subindustries and wider energy trading teams because we know how important a broad experience is for your career development.

Alternative Energy Engineer

The energy market wouldn’t be what it is today if it were not for engineers. And according to Business Insider, demand for civil engineers in the renewable energy market will rise by 10.6% in the next six years.

In the past, these engineers have played an integral part in designing the infrastructure of the energy market – power plants, hydroelectric dams and wind turbines to mention a few. But our nation also relies on these professionals to invent new methods of generating green energy in our bid to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. And RWE too are doing everything we can to support this initiative, working hard to reach our personal goal to be net-zero by 2040.

We have these alternative energy engineers – or renewable energy engineers – to thank for developing new and unusual sources of energy, such as turning corn into ethanol, sun into hot water and landfill gas into green fuel. Their groundbreaking work has helped to power everything from single sites to entire cities, implementing alternative energy sources that are appropriate for the local communities whilst also being cost-effective.

Finding your next energy job with RWE

We’re on a mission to shape a future that we can all look forward to. You and our employees play a key part in this. Whether you’re joining RWE through our entry-level programmes or as an experienced professional we’ll have a role for you.
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