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, their top opportunities, characteristics and the scope of energy management in Canada. Though it’s changing, the energy sector remains a good career path in Canada.

There are currently 148,000 professionals working in Canada’s energy sector in areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs in Canada.

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

If you’re looking for careers in renewable energy this is what you can expect the salary for renewable energy jobs to be.

Energy Professional Job Title  Starting Annual Salary    Average Top Salary  
Renewable Project Manager $70,667 $101,476
Renewable Energy Engineer $80,833 $150,455
Energy Manager $60,680 $97,760
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

Looking for more information into what energy jobs pay? Take a look at our 2020 Compensation Guide which covers the salaries and compensation of jobs across the environmental sector and its industries.

Learn more about jobs in renewable energy with our career profiles for Energy Auditors, Emerging Energy Researchers, Petroleum Engineers, Wind Energy Developers and more.

Top Employment Areas for Renewable Energy Careers in Canada

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.

Search for renewable energy jobs on the ECO Canada job board.

Employability Requirements


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 Essential Skills For Job Seekers course can help you get there with tips and tools for job searching in the environmental sector.


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  2. I am from india, now i am about to complete my Phd in solar energy by the end of this year (dec-2017). kindly guide me in employment opportunity in energy industries Canada…

  3. You can view our profiles of careers in Energy

  4. I am a Nigerian and currently preparing for CEM examination ( Certified Energy Manager). Are there chances of getting a good Job in canada with this certification and a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  5. Hi Tony, that would be a great question to ask the governing body before taking the CEM exam. They should be able to tell you if it’s recognized in Canada.

  6. Hi, I’m a student of biochemical engineering and I’m taking a course on renewable energy from the Polytechnic university of cataluña, is there any chance that I can work for one or two months in canada if I go on vacations?. I’m planning to go on december and it would be great if I can also invest my time on working and learning a few new things from another country.

  7. We can’t answer that directly but would encourage you to check your visa requirements for working in Canada before you arrive. Best of luck!

  8. Hi
    I have diploma in renewable energy with 17 years of work experience. presently working as director in a big 4 in India. What are the prospects for me to relocate there? How can you help me to get a job worth my experience.

  9. Hello, have you looked at jobs in Canada or reached out to any employers to see if they will consider international applicants?

  10. I am a power plant engineer working at thermal power plant in the domain of operation in India. I am finding lucrative career options for myself in canada on hearing my friends. Kindly help me out for the same.

  11. Please continue to check our website for resources and our job board to find the latest job postings.

  12. Hello, I just got my degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, I would like to study in Canada my master’s degree in renewable energies. Which universities do you recommend, and if there would be the possibility of staying working after obtaining my master’s degree?

  13. Hi, you would need to check the visa and work requirements through the Canadian government’s website. We have a list of accredited programs in Canada that will give you the skills to graduate work-ready, but there are many programs on offer. Best of luck!

  14. Hi, I have got admission in M.Eng Electrical and Computer Engineering with specialization in Energy and Environment. And will be graduating in 2019. Do you have any idea what can be the job prospects for me in energy sector after graduating?

  15. Congrats on taking your M.Eng! It’s hard to say what the job prospects will be like in 2019, but our latest research makes some projections. Also, check out our sub-sector snapshot for working in Energy.

  16. I’m from Nigeria i have a bachelor’s degree in electrical electronics engineering From Nigeria and a masters in renewable energy systems from the University of Canterbury, new zealand, but with just a year experience,do you think i would be able to gain employment in canada?

  17. Hi Dhikrah, it would depend on what area of environmental work you wish to pursue and where you plan to move. Keep checking our job board to see who’s hiring and you could consider getting an Environmental designation such as Environmental Professional-in-Training (EPt).

  18. Hi,
    I work as a BA in IBM Canada and have 5 years of experience in project management in IT. I now want to switch to renewable energy here – could you please guide me.

  19. Hi Arjun, we have some resources about starting out in the environmental sector. You can download our free ebooks or listen to free webinars on our site.

  20. I am currently employed in India in Waste-to-Clean energy sector under a patented technology. We process the organic waste generated at source by bulk waste generators and produce biogas with high productivity, Remote monitoring systems. I am open to explore other means of renewable energy in Canada. I am a qualified technical Business Development Manager with Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Master in Business Administration with Marketing major. I am interested to move to Canada and put my experience at work.

  21. Hi, I am a Certified Energy manager from India. Recently certified. Relatively less experienced. What kind of job opportunities can I expect in Canada.

  22. I had recently graduate in petroleum engineering from India. Now wish to move towards renewable energy sector in Canada.
    What could I do or what Post graduate course I can pursue to work in Canada.

  23. View our list of accredited Canadian post-secondary partners here: http://www.eco.ca/accreditation/current-pse-programs/

  24. Hello!
    my name is neel and i am currently doing A levels. i would like to ask the subjects i require to get into this sector of renewable energy. Thank you

  25. Hi Neel, you’d need to look at the requirements for each individual program you wish to apply to. Best of luck.

  26. I have completed my diplamo and computer degree as well as 12yrs experience with wind energy. Can i get the job at canada

  27. Hello,
    I am Dhaval and I am studying Energy System Engineering Technology program in centennial college. I did my Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from India. There is any way so I can get an Energy engineer certificate without pursuing any further study.
    I mean there is any exams or something for this certificate?

  28. Hi Dhaval, there’s none that we are affiliated with. You would need to check what Canadian institutions or organizations require.

  29. Hello!!

    I am Hardik and I did my master’s of Civil engineering from university of Windsor (Ontario,Canada). I am much more interested in the Renewable energy sector and I had a course on Renewable in Master’s with Ontario’s well known professor (Reference available upon request). What about the job opportunity for this Renewable energy sector? I am currently looking for job as well.

  30. I am a Solar PV Design Engineer with more than 8 years experience in Design, Project Management and O&M. How do I break into the Canadian job market

  31. I am a Solar PV Design Engineer based in South Africa with more than 8 years experience in Design, Project Management and O&M. How do I break into the Canadian job market

  32. Hi, you’ll need the appropriate work permits to enter Canada for work. There are some government funded programs to help qualified professionals find work in the environmental sector.

  33. Hello,
    I am holding bachelors in mechanical engineering from India. I am also a CMVP from AEE USA.
    Are there opportunites for energy engineer or measurement & Verification engineer?
    Kind regards,
    Dilesh Bhatt

  34. There are opportunities. View our job board to see the latest openings http://www.eco.ca/viewjobs/

  35. Hi,
    I am chemical engineer with 6 years of experience in oil and gas industry. I have recently shifted to Canada and want to change my field from canada to clean energy and pursue higher education to achieve so. Please suggest me which stream have better scope of jobs in future. Clean energy or waste water??

  36. Hello,

    I am Dhrumil, I have completed my Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from India and I have received an admission offer letter from from New York Institute Of Technology for M.S. Energy management. I am interested and want to build my career in energy sector, so should I confirm my admission there ? How is the Institute and Is it affiliated with canadian Government ?

  37. Hello, congratulations on the offer. You would need to check with the institution if they are affiliated with any particular government.

  38. Hello, i have done my bachelors in Computer science and currently i’m working in an IT firm, but my interests are toward energy field. Is it possible for me to get a decent job(starting level) just by doing masters in renewable energy? and if yes, then which colleges would you suggest in Canada?

  39. Hi – we can’t recommend specific courses but there are lots of great university programs out there. You could view our list of accredited programs here for a start: http://www.eco.ca/accreditation/current-pse-programs/

  40. Hi there,
    I am currently doing my M.eng in power engineering, What is the scope of getting into energy manager after the completion of my degree?

  41. Hi Deval, keep checking our job board and other jobs postings across Canada to see who is hiring and where. We have a lot of great resources and recent job posting trends on our research pages too.

  42. I am a young petroleum engineer who just graduated from a Nigerian university and i plan on doing my masters in renewable and sustainable energy in canada. What are my chances of employment in the energy industry after my study here.

  43. Hi Michael, the employment outlook depends on where you want to work and what area of the energy industry you want to be in. Keep checking our job board and other jobs across Canada to see who is hiring.

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