There are good career prospects within energy management for graduates interested in helping businesses save money and manage energy more efficiently
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:
To be successful in your role, you'll need to:
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.
Income figures are intended as a guide only.
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 a 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 have:
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 that 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.
You could apply for a place on an energy management internship, such as the twelve-week EDF Energy internship.
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:
Look for job vacancies at:
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. There are also options to develop your IT skills in specialist software designed for monitoring energy efficiency.
It's likely that you will become a member of the Energy Institute (EI), which offers a range of training options suitable for the 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 BREEAM assessments, which relate to the environmental performance of buildings. See the BREEAM website, for further information about this sustainability assessment method and certification.
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 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.