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Working in the environment industry

Everyone who has an interest in doing their bit to help the environment wishes that they could make a bigger impact, but time and money are often constraints that hold them back. One way, however, to be able to make one of the biggest impacts possible is to make the environment your job.

The environment industry is growing all the time due to the needs of the world and more people getting on board with what needs to be done to help. As a result of this, there are numerous opportunities to be able to work in the industry in various different roles and you can find energy procurement jobs through Earthstaff.

Jobs in the Environment Industry
There are various sectors that you could work in within the environment industry thanks to the amount of people wanting to make a difference.
Renewable energy is possible the biggest of these, as it is growing fast with such initiatives as wind farms and hydropower to harness the elements around us. In fact, renewable energy now provides us with about 18 per cent of our power worldwide.

Water
One of the world’s oldest sources of sustainable elements has been water and we have learned how to harness its power and properties over the years.  As this has developed, there have become more jobs in the water industry and the chance to work in areas such as water supply, hydrology, hydrogeology and water management.  One of the higher level jobs in hydropower is to be an earthworks engineer. In this position, you would be expected to supervise contractors on the building of dams and oversee their progress in the way of power output and irrigation. With dams going up in numerous locations – especially out in the dryer areas of the world – there is the chance to get abroad and make your job an experience in itself.

Wind
With wind farms growing at an almost daily basis, the need for engineers and technicians to work on the farms and create new outlets for wind power are increasing.  As a wind engineer, you would be expected to ensure the safe and optimal running of wind farms and their apparatus and would need to be able to work on large scale projects to strict deadlines, whilst keeping a keen eye on health and safety.
The ability to be able to develop key ideas, also, is imperative so wind farms can become even more efficient and effective in nature. As wind farms can be in many locations, there is the opportunity to work in many different places that include Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as offshore locations, so it could be quite adventurous.

Solar
Solar panels have become more and more popular, especially in the UK, as the government has been keen to urge people along via monetary contributions to the cost of panels for their home. Even in places like China, millions of people heat at least some of their water via solar panels. In this area of renewable energy, you could become a design engineer. This is a role that would see you provide technical support to those installing them on buildings; aiding in the design and specification of heat pumps, Solar PV and solar thermal systems; prepare and review project plans and drawings. Of course, experience in these areas is essential.

Recycling
More and more manufacturers are making sure that their products from recyclable materials and so they can be recycled after use. Because of this, some governments and councils set targets for recycling and the amount that they can get through to be used again.
As a result, there needs to be people such as waste efficiency managers that are required to ensure that the correct materials are being recycled in the proper nature. Some council groups are after a recycling target of around a 60 per cent success rate and so the job can be very intensive and very hands on, getting involved in the local community and ensuring everyone is doing their part by promoting the initiative.

This has been a post from Earthstaff.com where you can look for a job in renewable energy, as well as geoscience and mineral jobs.

This was a guest post for TheEmployable

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