Exploring careers in canada’s energy sector (and why it pays to work there)
Post by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada
As part of ECO Canada’s research on Environmental Sub-Sectors, we looked at Careers in the Energy Sector and their top opportunities and characteristics.
There are currently 148,000 professionals working in Canada’s energy sector in areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Recent research shows the overall demand for energy professionals is strong in Canada, with 54% of energy employers having job vacancies in the past two years and 48% planning to hire additional staff.
In addition, starting salaries for energy professionals are significant, ranging from $50,000 to $80,000+/yr.
Starting and Average Top Salaries for Energy Professionals
|Energy Professional Job Title||Starting Annual Salary||Average Top Salary|
|Renewable Project Manager||$70,667||$101,476|
|Green Building Project Manager||$69,167||$108,750|
|Green Building Designer||$50,667||$87,556|
|Energy Efficiency Program Manager/Project Manager||$65,714||$90,143|
|Energy Policy Analyst||$74,818||$125,091|
|Business Development/Marketing Manager||$78,696||$132,339|
Top Employment Areas
Top employment areas are Manufacturing and Green Building Design, Construction, Engineering & Retrofitting. These three areas represent 87% of the Energy workforce.
Most energy professionals work as Corporate Energy Professionals, Design Professionals and Implementers.
The majority (75%) of energy professionals hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree and 7% of these hold an advanced degree such as a Master’s or Ph.D.
Over 60% of energy professionals have four or more years of experience. Only 5% have less than one year of experience.
Energy professionals need both technical and business skills. Top technical skills required include:
- Developing sustainable development indicators, plans or strategies;
- Liaising and partnering with stakeholders;
- Developing, coordinating and implementing energy efficiency programs; and
- Conducting environmental assessments.
They also require business skills such as:
- Communicating effectively, especially in writing;
- Managing a financial budget or capital;
- Leading others; and
- Building a business case for implementing new technologies.
Want a job in the Energy Sector? Learn how the ECO Job Seeker Playbook can help you get there with tips and tools for job searching in the environmental sector.
Download the Careers in Energy report to learn more in-depth information about careers in the energy sector.
Why do you think it pays to work in this in-demand, significant starting salary sector?