How Safe is a Career in the Energy Sector?

Even with all the information readily available to just about anyone who can type a search phrase into a search engine, it still proves to be a huge challenge choosing a career. Many people still find themselves coming to the realisation that they’ve settled on the wrong career path, sometimes even once they’ve finished their studies and have had some practical workplace experience in their field.

Choice is always a good thing, but in many instances one simply has very few career paths to choose from, mainly as a result of many different factors such as financial constraints or academic grades that don’t quite meet the minimum requirements to get into a specific field of study. For whatever reason, when one no longer really has the option of pursuing their first choice in career, the second, third and even fourth options and beyond are no longer based on considerations such as passion. You take a much more pragmatic look at this point and you weigh things up like whether or not you’ll have any paid employment or income-generating opportunities once you’ve completed your studies or your training. This brings me back to my question of how safe a career in the energy sector really is.

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Energy Sector Opportunities

Before I go even further, I must say that following a career in the energy sector is perhaps one of the safest routes you can take if things like job security or solid income-generating options are your main concern. Ideally you’d want to acquire primary energy sector skills like perhaps studying to become an electrical engineer, then at least if your virtually guaranteed employment somehow sees you falling through the cracks, you have the entire energy production sector at your disposal. Energy in the form of electricity is a need that will always be in existence, particularly if you take into account the growing global population and the subsequently growing need for more energy. You might not even be looking to be employed by a big player in the energy sector, but perhaps rather have your own ideas around making current energy sources more efficient. The world really is your oyster if you’re involved in the energy sector, but how close you are to the primary production processes determines just how safe your capacity to continuously generate an income is.

Can any one or more of the many different types of batteries we use today be improved in any way? To the electrical engineer who has some time to think about these things, the answer is an emphatic “YES,” and if you can’t see out the entire process of conceptualising and manufacturing improved energy solutions, there are many other paths to pursue within the energy industry. To a certain extent, the same can be said about electronics engineers, technologists, technicians and even artisans. Unless there’s a sudden oversupply of skilled, knowledgeable, qualified and creative engineers, artisans, technologists and technicians, you pretty much can’t go wrong with a career in the energy sector.

The Evolution of the Energy Sector

With the global financial system generally perceived to be heading in the direction of a serious overhaul or perhaps even a complete collapse, more and more people are spending more of their time and investing more of their money on developing ways to live off the grid, should the need arise. In conjunction with the green energy revolution that’s picking up speed, this desire to be independent of the mainstream power grid has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for all sorts of careers in the energy sector.

So if I was to sum it all up into one sentence, I’d say that a career in the energy sector is right up there with the safest in the world.

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