The future looks bright with green: Why jobs will be booming in renewable energy


In today’s competitive job market, it’s difficult to find a niche to build a career on. Current industries are all in different stages of development and expansion but have all since reached significant peaks in what they’ve accomplished. If you’re looking for something new and exciting or an industry with a great start-up that you can benefit from, the renewable energy industry is your ticket.

The common sources of energy such as coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear – all of which take too long to be replaced organically, cost too much to manufacture and have dangerous implications to the environment — are becoming obsolete. Although the world heavily relies on these resources, the existence of alternative, cheaper and friendlier sources creates a competitor worth fearing. It wouldn’t be long now before we see more innovations that cater to this growing need.

Renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass energy cost less to harvest, develop, sustain and recover. And the Philippines has great potential. In fact, various sectors and industries have developed and adopted these natural resources as a means to power their businesses. Solar energy is low maintenance, sustainable, and easy to install; wind energy is the cleanest energy generator; geothermal energy is also low cost and clean although limited to places near tectonic plate boundaries; hydroelectric is the largest application of renewable energy in the Philippines, with the country boasting 1,000 possible sites for micro-dams; and biomass accounts for 15% of the country’s energy use, leaving big room for development.

Career experts agree that this next big thing is not far from the horizon. If current trends in energy production continue, especially with the growing awareness on climate change and finite natural resources, the green industry will see a steady climb. By 2035, global investments in renewable energy will grow by as much as 83%. By 2030, a projected 12 million jobs will be produced by the green industry.

That means engineers, analysts, miners, IT, and sophisticated software specialists will be highly demanded. Rural areas have the most potential to benefit from this alternative since green energy requires open spaces. When this takes off, companies and manufacturing plants will be built by the dozens in the provinces, boosting the economic status of those regions, developing the areas, and producing more jobs for the locals. But if you’re from the city, there’s no need to fret. The number of jobs that this new industry will generate would need human resources from both the rural and urban areas.


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