Jobs in renewable energy are increasingly being sought after by people looking to either start a career in energy or shift from one segment of the energy industry to another.
Our research into the best paying jobs in energy revealed that while jobs in oil and gas still hold the highest pay on average, renewable energy jobs are increasingly seen as more stable and desirable.
Jobs in renewable energy have a few things going for them, not only relative to other industries, but relative to oil and gas as well.
Better Than Average Pay
While there is certainly variation across industry segments, jobs in energy pay better than average – and that includes renewable energy jobs.
The GETI 2022 Global Energy Talent Index Report showed that all energy segments outperformed median pay across the economy.
We can’t recommend it strongly enough to read through the complete GETI report, which you can download here. It’s a great resource to aid in your career decision.
You just can’t go wrong with a career in energy as far as pay goes!
Job Stability in Renewable Energy
The difference with renewable energy jobs versus those in oil and gas is job stability.
Most renewable energy jobs are related to electricity generation. This segment of the energy industry is intrinsically less prone to boom and bust cycles like oil and gas (especially upstream operations).
Additionally, long-term trends are in support of a consistent growth and investment in renewable energy for decades to come.
A career in renewable energy is not fighting these trends. Billions of dollars are being diverted into building out renewable energy capacity and the jobs in this sector will ride this wave of investment for decades to come.
Renewable Energy Jobs Are Everywhere
Jobs in energy are everywhere. The global energy system relies on markets being linked to supply.
However, there are certainly clusters that have traditionally been the preferred location for energy sector jobs when related to oil and gas consumption and refining.
Renewable energy jobs are shifting some of these locations and are becoming almost ubiquitous within the economic landscape.
This means that pursuing a career in renewable energy won’t necessarily require relocating to Houston or the Permian Basin.
In fact, one subset of renewable energy jobs, those in energy efficiency in particular, were found in almost every county in the US. Meaning, building a career in this field would mean there are jobs practically everywhere in the country.
This freedom of movement, or ability not to move, comes with distinct advantages.
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