Career as Energy Conservationist

Early Salary

3 - 4 L

Mid Salary

4 - 5 L

Senior Salary

6 - 7 L

Academic Pressure

Medium

Job Pressure

Medium

	Energy Conservationist

The term ‘Energy Conservation’ became popular when we humans realized that all these years we were misusing the energy which we receive from nature and now the resources have come on the verge of getting wiped out. And after global warming hit earth the need has become quite urgent to save energy and restore it for our future generations. Energy Conservationist, hence, is not a skill but refers to all those professionals (be it engineer, scientist, researcher, geologist or activist) who are involved in conserving energy. If you share their passion of saving the green planet then you can also join the wagon of ‘Planet Protectors’.  

What do they do?

Energy conservation is about finding ways and means to reduce energy consumption. Energy conservationists work at two levels. As conservationist you would be responsible of finding out how to use energy efficiently, and to identify and choose the correct source for energy production. You will be involved in figuring out alternative energy resources, which can take the pressure off the non-renewable energy resources like petrol, coal and others. For example, in India, renewable biomasses, such as rice straw and sugarcane bio-gas, are abundantly available as agricultural and industrial residues. As an energy conservationist, you will be required to be on a lookout of such sources. You can also drive activities such as consolidation of energy and production-related data, examination of energy conservation opportunities, comparison with the best energy efficiency industry practices and formulating recommendations and action plans for energy saving. You can contribute indirectly to financial capital, environmental quality, national security, personal security, and human comfort.

Skills Needed

  • Ability to quickly understand processes in various industries and different clients 
  • Engineering or natural science background 
  • Inquisitive and out-of-the box thinking, marketing skills and ability to speak and present ideas to various audiences

How do I get there?

You should have a proven track record and exemplary work experience in the related field. In addition, you try to be well acquainted with the global benchmarks and developments. After class 12, you can opt for various environmental courses offered by various institutions of repute. The Energy Resources Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, etc run a lot of relevant courses. Besides academics, you should also have a good background in engineering or natural sciences, along with inquisitive and out-of-the-box thinking. Good marketing skills and ability to speak and present ideas on various platforms are a must as well.  An understanding of various social and cultural skills will also help you progress in your career.

Typical day in the life of a Energy Conservationist

Due to frequent travelling no two days seem to be the same. Working days include meeting customers, authorities, partners and handling an immense amount of e-mails and phone calls. A normal day also includes planning of future actions and presentations, as well as internal reporting:
 
8.30am: Respond to mails 
9.30am: Make a presentation on energy efficiency to senior management at a paper industry giant 
1pm: Head for chemical factory to supervise energy audit  
7pm: Pack up and head home
 

Pros & Cons about this career

It is a very rewarding career as you are contributing greatly to the environment Results are measurable When you work for energy and material efficiency and develop and sell new technologies the content and ideology are definite pros

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It is a very rewarding career as you are contributing greatly to the environment Results are measurable When you work for energy and material efficiency and develop and sell new technologies the content and ideology are definite pros

Involves lots of travel to factory sites, which can at times be in remote locations You might face resistance from certain quarters and might have to struggle in order to get things done.

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