Exploring Careers in Canada’s Energy Sector (and why it pays to work there)

Jennifer Schultz | April-29-14

As part of ECO Canada’s research on Environmental Sub-Sectors, we looked at Careers in the Energy Sector and their top opportunities and characteristics. 
 
There are currently 148,000 professionals working in Canada’s energy sector in areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. 
 
Recent research shows the overall demand for energy professionals is strong in Canada, with 54% of energy employers having job vacancies in the past two years and 48% planning to hire additional staff. 
 
In addition, starting salaries for energy professionals are significant, ranging from $50,000 to $80,000+/yr. 
 
 
Starting and Average Top Salaries for Energy Professionals
 
Energy Professional Job Title  Starting Annual Salary    Average Top Salary  
Renewable Project Manager $70,667 $101,476
Energy Engineer $80,833 $150,455
Energy Manager $60,680 $97,760
Green Building Project Manager $69,167 $108,750
Green Building Designer $50,667 $87,556
Energy Efficiency Program Manager/Project Manager    $65,714 $90,143
Energy Policy Analyst $74,818 $125,091
Business Development/Marketing Manager $78,696 $132,339

 

Top Employment Areas

Top employment areas are Manufacturing and Green Building Design, Construction, Engineering & Retrofitting. These three areas represent 87% of the Energy workforce. 
 
Most energy professionals work as Corporate Energy Professionals, Design Professionals and Implementers.
 
 
 

Employability Requirements 

Education

The majority (75%) of energy professionals hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree and 7% of these hold an advanced degree such as a Master’s or Ph.D.
 

Experience

Over 60% of energy professionals have four or more years of experience. Only 5% have less than one year of experience. 
 

Skills

Energy professionals need both technical and business skills. Top technical skills required include:
  • Developing sustainable development indicators, plans or strategies;
  • Liaising and partnering with stakeholders;
  • Developing, coordinating and implementing energy efficiency programs; and
  • Conducting environmental assessments.

 

 
They also require business skills such as:
  • Communicating effectively, especially in writing;
  • Managing a financial budget or capital;
  • Leading others; and
  • Building a business case for implementing new technologies.
 
 
Want a job in the Energy Sector? Learn how the ECO Job Seeker Playbook can help you get there with tips and tools for job searching in the environmental sector.
 
Download the Careers in Energy report to learn more in-depth information about careers in the energy sector. 
 
Why do you think it pays to work in this in-demand, significant starting salary sector?