The electricity sector provides you the opportunity to help people and the environment, while also offering excellent compensation.
Electricity is essential to the daily lives of all Canadians and people around the world; without it, there’d be no lights, no computers, no household appliances, no temperature control, etc. Working in the electricity sector, there is never any doubt that what you’re doing is important. This is especially true when it comes to renewable energy: the application of non-emitting energy sources (biomass, hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, et al.) and clean energy technology is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If you are serious about environmental stewardship, the electricity sector is where you can make a real difference. This is in part because it is an innovative sector: inventions like microgrids, smart grids, organic photovoltaics, and advanced computer forecasting are transforming the industry, and pioneering minds can find a place at the forefront of this innovation.
On top of the public benefit, the electricity sector is a rewarding place for individuals. It is a growing industry, with 20,500 new hires anticipated from 2017-2022, and that growth is steady. Since energy is a necessity, there are few layoffs in the electricity sector and your skills will always be in-demand. Plus, you will be well compensated for your work: according to calculations made from Statistics Canada’s “Job Bank,” the average wage for electricity sector occupations is approximately $39 per hour, with an average low of $21 per hour and an average high of $59 per hour. There are few industries that can promise stable, rewarding, full-time work at roughly $80,000 a year on average.