The wind energy sector is growing at a fast rate and there is a need for employees not only with specific technical expertise, but also in sales and management.
The UK has 362 operational wind farms and is the eighth biggest producer of wind power in the world. There are 4,158 wind turbines in the country and the UK has an installed capacity of 8,445 megawatts. By 2020 the UK is estimated to be capable of 28,000 MW of wind capacity.
Jobs in the wind energy industry include positions in Operations and Maintenance, Health and Safety, Field Engineering, Sales and Electro Mechanics. Salaries for Wind Turbine Engineers can start at around £30-40,000, while management roles are usually paid £60,000 and over. Recruitment agencies will be able to connect jobseekers looking for a career in the industry with employers interested in finding the right staff for their vacancies.
Large companies such as E.ON and RES have sites around the UK and there are also opportunities to work on off-shore wind farm projects. A science or engineering background is a useful skill in this industry, although design, sales or management positions can offer careers to those with less scientific or technical experience.