Job opportunities in energy management are good as organisations continue to develop new strategies in line with energy legislation
As an energy manager, you'll plan, regulate and monitor the energy use in an organisation or facility. Your aim will be to improve efficiency by evaluating energy use and putting in place new policies and changes where needed.
You'll coordinate all aspects of energy management, from reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, to waste management and sustainable development by:
Your duties will vary depending on the setting you're working in, but in general you'll be:
Levels of pay vary widely depending on your professional background, the number of staff you manage, company size and the nature of the business.
Income figures are intended as a guide only.
Some organisations, particularly those in the private sector, may offer additional benefits. This can include a company car if a lot of travelling is required, a mobile phone, pension scheme, health insurance or bonus scheme.
Typical hours of work are generally 9am to 5pm, sometimes with flexi-time arrangements. You may need to work some evenings and weekends to attend meetings and promotional events.
Part-time work is possible as are career breaks, but you would ideally need to keep up to date with changes in legislation and initiatives.
You need to have a good understanding of electrical and mechanical systems as well as knowledge of the energy use of organisations. A degree is not essential but there are specialist subjects available that focus on energy and the environment, for example, energy engineering, sustainable energy and climate change. In addition, one of the following subjects may also be helpful:
It's also possible to enter the career with an HND or foundation degree, particularly if it's in a related subject such as:
You don't need a postgraduate qualification but it may help you to secure a more senior position. There are a number of specialist courses in energy management. If you're considering postgraduate courses in environmental science look particularly at courses offering a work placement.
You will need to show:
You may also need to be able to drive as the role can often involve travelling.
There may be limited vacancies as there's often only one person or a small team in an organisation and this can make competition fierce. You can increase your chances of getting a job by making sure you have relevant work experience. Some courses offer a sandwich placement, which will be particularly relevant.
You could try to get a part-time job or work experience within a company's energy management department. Any administration or management work that provides you with the necessary skills will be useful.
The Energy Institute (EI) offers the EI Knowledge Service Internship Programme for recent graduates and one of the available subject areas is energy management. It would give you the opportunity to network, undertake research and engage with other EI members on important issues. You could also get student or graduate membership of the EI, which would give you access to networking events and help to show potential employers your interest in the area. For more ideas, see work experience and internships.
Any organisation that is a large user of energy is likely to have someone who is responsible for energy saving, although it may be part of another job. Employers can be found in a variety of areas and sectors and include:
If you want to work in the commercial sector you could find work with:
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Once you're in the job it's essential to keep up to date with legislation, compliance and reporting requirements through training and continuing professional development (CPD). You may go on to do a postgraduate qualification part time, such as a Masters in energy management, while you're working.
It's likely you will become a member of the Energy Institute (EI), which offers a range of training options suitable for different stages of your career. These include:
More information is available from Energy Institute - Energy Management Training.
You may take specific training courses, such as the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which relates to the environmental performance of buildings. There are also options to develop your IT skills in specialist software designed for monitoring energy efficiency.
You may progress in your career in a number of ways and your options will depend on your employer and the sector you're in. With experience, or further qualifications, you could specialise in a certain area such as:
If you're a member or fellow of the Energy Institute (EI) you can work towards the title of chartered energy manager. It's usually expected that you'll have a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification (or equivalent) and at least four years' experience before you apply for chartership. The assessment process includes a professional development review and interview. Find out more at Energy Institute - Chartered Energy Manager.