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What it’s like to work in clean energy

The clean energy industry is constantly evolving. There are jobs in plants and in offices.

As we march towards net zero, this industry is only going to get more relevant. If you care about environmental issues and have a mind for science, this path could be for you.  

What people love about working in clean energy

Here are some of the benefits of working in clean energy:

  • Be a part of the clean energy revolution and help protect the environment and our future.
  • Clean energy is a growing industry with advances being made every day, and you could be at the forefront.
  • There are practical, hands on jobs, as well as lab and office jobs. It’s a flexible industry with diverse roles available.
  • The move to clean energy is happening in Australia and across the world. Working in this field increases your options and job security.  

Where you can work

The clean energy industry has a wide range of employers. For example, you could work for an energy company or solar panel installer, or as a sustainability consultant.  

The kinds of clean energy settings you could work in include:

  • renewable energy facility
  • consulting firm
  • private enterprise focused on sustainability
  • energy installation service
  • infrastructure developments. 

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for people who work in the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry in Australia is $1,855.

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window)

Please note:

  • Clean energy is part of the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry. 
  • This salary is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

To help transition Victoria to clean energy, the Victorian Government has revived the State Electricity Commission (SEC). This is expected to create 59,000 jobs, including 6,000 apprenticeship opportunities over the coming years.

The SEC will help find and train the next generation of skilled tradespeople to support the renewable energy transition.

Source: Victorian Skills Plan 2023-2024(opens in a new window)

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