Phillip Riley

What are renewable energy jobs and how do you get one?

Here is a breakdown of the most common questions answered about careers in renewable energy.

In 2021, the Morrison Government released Australia’s Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan to deliver net zero emissions by 2050. This shift in decarbonising the economy by investing in renewable energy, clean transportation, buildings and manufacturing could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. In fact, a report by Beyond Zero Emissions estimated that renewables and low emissions projects could create up to 1.8m new jobs over the next five years, translating to 360,000 people in work each year. Below, Phillip Riley, specialists in renewable/decarbonisation talent acquisition answer some of the most commonly asked questions on renewable energy jobs, education and expected growth.

What is a renewable energy job?

Without going into too much detail, renewable energy – also known as “clean energy” – is derived from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. These sources include, but are not limited to wind, solar, hydrogen and hydro power.The renewable energy industry is quite large, and includes a wide range of jobs. Examples of these jobs include, engineers, electricians, project managers, technicians, health & safety specialists all of which are in growing demand.

How many jobs will be created in renewable energy?

It estimated that over 1.8 million jobs will be created within Australia over the next five years. The Million Jobs Plan will give a major boost to jobs throughout Australia, with over 70% being in regional areas.  With funding and job opportunities in place, the main obstacle that renewable energy is facing at the moment is a shortage of skilled workers. According Infrastructure Australia, it is estimated that Australia will have a shortage of over 41,000 engineers and 15,000 tradespersons in the next few years.Renewable Jobs Australia Forecast

How much do these jobs pay?

Renewable energy salaries are competitive, and average at $122,669 per year or $62.91 per hour. This is higher than the average salary in Australia which has been reported to be $92,040 before tax, or $1,770 a week. If you are interested in learning more about salaries in renewables, then have a look at our Remuneration Reports for an up-to-date breakdown.

What education do you need for a career in renewable energy?

There are a variety of roles available in renewable energy, all with different prerequisites. Education will depend on the role, however, technicians for example can get started with a Certificate III qualification! Those seeking more advanced roles in engineering, environmental science and project management will most likely require a two to four year degree to get started.However, if you’re new to the industry and considering a qualification and career in renewables, PR Projects now offers apprenticeship and trainee opportunities.

What jobs are in demand in the renewable energy industry?

Skill shortages continue to be a major challenge for the industry, and Australia is in desperate need of a workforce that can help meet the demand for renewables projects as all renewable jobs are considered to be in demand for now and in the future.However, the three key jobs that are in demand are as follows:
  • Engineers (Electrical and Civil)
  • Electricians
  • Transmission Lineworkers
If you’re considering a career in renewable energy, get in touch with our team for more information on how to get started and what roles are currently available.

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