Addressing Role Diversity in the Renewable Energy Sector

Jobs in the renewable energy sector in the United States continue to post remarkable growth, especially now that more and more clean energy businesses are investing in the country.

However, many experts note that as much as new jobs are open for hiring, organizations must also consider better role diversity in their workplace. This means that women and those who belong in the minority groups must also be considered in various roles in the renewable energy industry.

Female Representation in Renewable Energy

Today, female representation in the clean energy sector is small. One study found that in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, there is approximately only 20 percent of those employed are women, something that is quite unimpressive for developed countries with a high-income economy.

The study also found that in the renewable energy sector, the Solar PV industry has the largest female representation in the clean energy sector, followed by solar heating and cooling, wind energy, and biofuel.

Some experts think that one cause of the low turnout of female representation in this field is due to a lack of awareness about the range of employment opportunities, specializations, and occupations within the energy sector. People should know that the energy sector goes beyond the usual engineers or research scientist positions. The sector also needs skills and experience from diverse backgrounds specializing in environmental science, conservation, ecology, business management, public policy, finance, law, and many others.

Improving Employment Statistics for Women in Renewables

An article posted on the website of the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated some potential steps in addressing this problem. It stated, “Making training and education in the energy sector more versatile to enable intra-sectoral and inter-sectoral transferability is also a promising strategy and there is already some movement in this direction. For example, post-secondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada are looking for ways to deliver graduates with skills that are transferable across broader energy industry sectors rather than delivering petroleum-specific or renewable energy-specific programs.”

Phillip Riley

Clean energy is indeed a great source of job opportunities and prospects! For more information on market growth in this area and how you or your company can incorporate a strategic and diversified hiring plan, please contact Phillip Riley’s Director of Americas, Meredith Fuselier at [email protected].


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