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Green Jobs/Low Carbon

With a move away from coal and oil and a focus on environmental and economic concerns, the government is targeting renewable sources of energy. The focus is on the future when it comes to green technology.

‘Green jobs’ are found in many work sectors including Construction (buildings need to be energy efficient), Engineering and Manufacturing (creating new materials).

Types of Job

Biomass & renewable maintenance engineer
Nation Average Salary: £30,850
Conservation manager
Nation Average Salary: £32,823
Energy engineer
Nation Average Salary: £42,396
Project manager
Nation Average Salary: £52,162
Laboratory technician
Nation Average Salary: £24,420
Plant operator
Nation Average Salary: £26,609

Are you interested in building for the future?
Do you like the idea of conserving the world’s resources and using new ones?

Most work sectors increasingly examine how we use resources and we can be more efficient. This might be how we use materials or developing new ones to ensure buildings are energy efficient.

Some apprenticeship areas covered by ‘green jobs’ include; Construction and the Built Environment and Energy opportunities.

If you are studying Construction and the Built Environment, you will be learning about sustainable construction and use of materials. Any building we create needs to be sustainable and use as little energy as possible.

Whatever path you choose, calculating the correct amount of materials will be essential to prevent waste and keep costs down.

For conservation, energy and research opportunities, check out the useful links to find out about the wide range of careers that are covered by ‘Green Jobs.’

Remember to look at entry requirements and progression routes with your chosen providers as part of your decision making process. Talk to as many people as possible and do your research.

Regional Facts

The numbers employed in this sector are relatively low, but this sector is set to grow and become more significant as we strive to make our society greener and more energy efficient.

In South Yorkshire there are centres of excellence for research and development including the Siemens Wind Power Research Centre, Sheffield University Waste Incineration Unit, and the nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

It is also home to companies innovating in renewable energy, low carbon transport and supply chain technologies, including Magtec, the UK’s largest supplier of hybrid and electric drive systems (such as electric buses!)

Jobs in demand include; most types of engineers, energy managers, landscape and forestry managers to name but a few. All STEM qualifications and higher level skills will be essential for nearly all ‘green’ jobs.

Career Facts


  • Problem-solving
  • Creating solutions
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Team working

Useful subjects include:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Engineering
  • ICT

Interested? For more information...

Some local employers