Q: I’d like to a pursue a course in the alternate energy sector. What kind of career opportunities exist in this field?

A: A consequence of global warming has been the meteoric growth of alternative energy – energy sources which do not use up the earth's natural resources or fossil fuels and do not harm the environment. It is estimated that by 2030 alternative energy will be a one trillion-dollar industry. It is already UK’s second-largest source of electricity, generating more than 25 per cent of the country’s requirement.

Alternative energy can manifest itself through various mediums particularly wind, marine, nuclear and solar.

Electrical vehicles is the new buzz word, with traditional car manufacturers allocating substantial resources matched by ambitious timelines forging the transition from combustion engines to electrical vehicles. The growing demand for cars and battery plants has increased the demand for skilled engineers who will be required to apply their creativity and intelligence to design energy-efficient, high-performance vehicles that do not emit carbon emissions and pollute the environment.

On an average over half a million new jobs are created in the renewable energy arena making it one the fastest growing areas. Education institutes have been equally nimble in responding by creating an array of programs geared to educate students in this field.

At college, students could do an engineering degree specialising in renewable energy. Alternatively they could do a degree in chemistry specialising in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioinformatics, or forensic science.

Solar installers, wind turbines, lithium plants, environmentally designed sustainable buildings have created jobs for an array of professionals. Career opportunities in this field include energy consultant, carbon sales adviser, wind power equipment engineer, solar panel equipment engineer and energy auditor. All these job titles are fairly recent and have come about primarily due to the increased fixation with clean energy.

Oregon Institute of Technology, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley all have programs in renewable energy. You could also explore Ecotech the only college in USA fully dedicated to alternative energy studies. In UK, Universities renowned for alternative energy programs would include Exeter, Aberdeen, Brunel, and Nottingham.

Sanjeev Verma is managing director of Intelligent Partners, a leading education consultancy based in Dubai. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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