‘All hands on deck’ is the driving motto of energy and infrastructure, which offers many different roles to talented graduates…
An overall view of the sector
The cogs of our world don’t turn by themselves. Our vehicles must chug along with plenty of fuel; roads, bridges and communication networks have to be built and maintained. The UK’s infrastructure, and the energy that keeps it ticking, performs as it does thanks to a dedicated horde of workers attending to its every function.
Renewable energy is pushing our infrastructure down a challenging road, one that we must pursue if fuel emissions will hit government targets. By 2020, we’re expected to rely on renewables for 15% of our total national consumption. There’s still a way to go yet, and this number is intended as a springboard for future innovation in our infrastructure capabilities.
In addition to an increasing focus on nuclear, solar, and tidal energy, building materials are being considered with a much greater emphasis on how eco-friendly they are. Employees in this sector hew the path to a better planet, whilst making sure our modern amenities are working as they should be.
Types of roles available
This sector is so broad that almost anyone with an aptitude for numbers, science, or practical mechanics can find their way into a career. Here are a couple of roles you might consider:
- Engineer: Machines, structures and digital components need to be built intelligently; engineers work out how to do it, forming every physical system and application we use.
- Geologist: Using applied research to scope out the properties of an environment, geologists give infrastructure projects solid ground for development.
- Project Manager: Large teams have to be overseen by someone able to co-ordinate budgets, planning, and manpower for the best results.
- Analyst: A role that makes all others more efficient, analysts formulate a picture of what resources are being used where, sorting through massive swathes of data.
- Environmental Consultant: Organisations in energy and infrastructure should have an expert by their side to advise them on regulations. Consultants help minimise waste, risks, and harmful emissions.
How to find the right role for you
If you’re graduating with a science or maths-related degree, then energy and infrastructure firms will be looking for people like you. Having a knowledge of what’s out there will help you decide where you slot into the sector and make sense of the array of jobs on the market.
Say, for instance, you have a passion for transport: would you prefer to work on the power lines of a tram service or plan the next development of an airport terminal, with hard data to back up your assessment?
There’s truly something for everyone in this industry, whether your background is in geography, science, engineering or maths. You just need to decide if you want to be in the thick of the action, or supporting the physical stuff with your acumen.
5 interesting facts about energy and infrastructure
- Oil and gas still represent the UK’s biggest employers in this sector; alternative fuel extraction methods, such as shale drilling, are expected to create thousands of new jobs.
- By some estimates, 9,000 new power construction positions will have to be filled over the next decade as nuclear investment starts to take off.
- International opportunities are rife in this line of work, since exports and imports have to be negotiated, along with research collaboration.
- Lawyers are also in high demand for finalising construction bids and settling disputes.
- Britain is a leading light for driverless car technology, which will transform our road networks over the next 10-20 years.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what roles are available for a dynamic, incisive graduate to explore. Check our careers page for new vacancies popping up over the coming weeks, and find the perfect opportunity in energy and infrastructure.