The renewable energy industry is growing fast and is on the hunt for STEM graduates. With new innovations constantly emerging in the field, whether that's Volvo is announcing that all of its cars will operate using electric or hybrid systems from 2019, Britain leading the way in marine power at the EMEC centre or Elon Musk working to build the largest lithium-ion battery on record, the drive towards a more sustainable future is accelerating.
Clean, green renewable technologies are no longer 'special situations' that lurk on the fringes of mainstream businesses but are becoming increasingly prominent and central to everyday lives. In 2015/6, the green energy sector as a whole created around 126,000 jobs in the UK.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has said that the sector is now an exciting one for entrepreneurs, especially with the anticipated growth of electric cars and battery storage technologies. These two sectors created 16,000 new jobs in 2015/6 and are set to grow rapidly.
This means that new skills are needed and passionate recruits are being desperately sought for. A wide array of different skills and abilities are needed - from data analysts and chemists to create more efficient energy storage solutions to engineers and construction workers that can build new wind plants. Various types of degrees are now relevant, and there are many routes into the industry, including work experience and placements.
With Millennials keen to work in roles that change the world for the better and to have an impact that goes beyond big salaries and perks, the growing clean energy industry and sustainable economy could be attractive prospects for future employment. From apprenticeships through to post-graduate applicants, there is vast scope for ambitious and motivated people who want to forge an exciting and rewarding career in a growth sector.