Energy and Utilities Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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People working in the energy industry are responsible for supplying energy to homes and businesses across the UK.

The energy sector involves three main elements:

  1. Generating electricity.
  2. Transporting gas and electricity.
  3. Selling energy to customers.

In 2011, the energy sector contributed £28 billion to the UK economy.

It is a changing industry with developments in new green energy technologies and techniques leading to new positions and the creation of new jobs in the area of renewable technology.

The energy sector is vast, employing more than half a million people in the UK in everything from waste and water management and nuclear power to renewable energy industries and energy conservation.

It has been predicted that a further 14,000 jobs are expected to be created over the next decade. Many companies in this industry have graduate recruitment schemes, and scientific and engineering expertise is in high demand.

As well as engineers and research scientists, the sector also employs geologists, ecologists and a wide range of support staff including health and safety managers, business consultants, and IT and marketing staff.

Working hours in the energy and utilities industry vary considerably depending on the kind of work you do. If you are based in an office or laboratory then you are likely to work normal hours Monday to Friday. But technical workers in the field often work irregular hours and are sometimes based in remote locations.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

If you are looking for a graduate career in the energy sector, many positions are available to only engineering and commercial degree disciplines. Some positions will accept candidates from all degree disciplines. In most cases employers will be looking for a final degree grade of 2:1 or higher.

What skills do I need for a career in energy?TOP ^

Some areas of the energy sector will require you to have very specific engineering or technical skills that will have been obtained through formal qualifications. Across all energy jobs there are a range of soft skills that employers will be looking for such as communication, teamwork and time management.

Some of the skills that energy recruiters might look for are:

Graduates from many degree disciplines will have the necessary skills for working in energy jobs. Degrees offer a good set of skills in logical thought, presentation, analysis and communication all of which are important for a career in the energy sector.

What graduate energy job can I do? TOP ^

There are a wide variety of graduate jobs available in the energy sector. The industry is so diverse that departments and roles can vary from company to company. Here is a summary of some of the different areas of work that graduates may encounter in the energy sector:

  • Engineering
  • Technical specialist
  • Operational management
  • Financial management
  • Strategy and planning
  • Marketing and PR

Within these broad areas there are a large range of specific job roles including,

  • Petroleum engineer
  • Energy manager
  • Engineering geologist
  • Drilling engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Water quality scientist
  • Wellsite geologist

Average energy and utilities salariesTOP ^

The energy sector offers competitive graduate starting salaries, with its median starting salary coming in at £32,500 for 2013 according to research from High Fliers.

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