If we compare the world around us now to what it was 100 years back, there's a world of difference. Not just in terms of modernisation and development, but also in respects of utilisation and wastage. Due to the growing population of many nations and increasing demand for luxury, the energy-consuming devices and amenities have grown by leaps and bounds, which is gradually translating into the shortage of non-renewable energy sources. This is where renewable energy sources come to play, which are the present and future of our nation and the world.
Today, from railways to automobiles, from appliances to the overall power supply, everything is dependent on non-renewable energy sources which, if not used wisely, might come to an end someday. Therefore, the minimal 20 percent dependency on renewable energy sources has been targeted to increase, by the government, by more than double in the coming years.
With the changing energy generation scenario, there is going to be a huge shift on the employment side as newer and larger number of jobs are highly likely to emerge, thereby, giving students and job seekers more reasons to push towards this sector. In fact, talking statistically, the renewable energy sector generated around 1.64,000 jobs in the year 2017, which accounts for a 36% increase as compared to previous years.
Various Segments Of The Renewable Energy Sector
The renewable energy sector can be further divided into sectors amongst which the photovoltaic (PV) sector has been the leader of all which has been consistently attracting a large number of employees across the globe, including India. For the uninitiated, the photovoltaic sector is what we commonly call solar power, which has started to see rising adaptability in several applications.
Solar water heating and cooking are the areas which have been seeing growing usability across the nation and the government is leaving no tables unturned to make it reach every house, especially in the villages, by providing compensations on its installation and maintenance cost. Other domains such as the biofuel, hydropower and wind sectors have been attracting a considerable number of employees in not just India, but across the Asia continent.
Departments Seeking Employees
Now coming to the job prospects in this sector, the departments which will require a humongous amount of manpower in the next two to four years are construction and installation of infrastructure, which will be required to initiate and operate the renewable energy department.
Additionally, O&M (operations and maintenance) and installation departments are yet other divisions which call for lower and medium-level professionals from technical and non-technical segments. The industries which currently need and will beckon professionals for all these sectors are transport, agriculture, construction, forestry and manufacturing.
Prospective Job Profiles
Students and job seekers with a background in engineering, science and commerce shall be looking forward to entering the renewable energy sector. If we have to list down some of the expertise which are required in the RE sector, researchers, scientists, engineers, plumbers, administrative assistants, machines setters, marketing consultants and trainers are some. These are the main areas which will be booming under the rise of the green energy era.
As for the salary which this sector is and will be offering is influenced by various factors such as qualifications, skills and experience. People with the same qualification but different skill sets have distinctive pay, as it is in all departments.
Talking about the engineers, those with electrical and mechanical specialisations earn around Rs 3-4 lakh per annum in the initial phases which should increase depending on the progress and experience of an individual. On the other hand, the salary of those who are project and general managers varies from Rs 10-20 lakh (on an average) per annum, which varies based on the same factors.
Future Of Renewable Energy Sector
The government has predicted that it will create around 3 lakh jobs by the year 2022 in order to meet the target 900 GW of energy by 2030. With the renewable energy domain being the future of the government and private employment scenario, now is the best time for students and freshers to think about venturing into the field for not just the welfare of their own but also for our nation, world, environment and the coming generation.