According to a report conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency, expanding the renewable energy sector in the U.S. to 27% could save between $30 – $140 billion annually. The report also states that increased use of waste-to-energy equipment and facilities could reduce CO2 emissions by a whopping 30% compared to the level that’s currently projected for 2030.

With positive financial implications and the reliance on fossil fuels becoming increasingly unfeasible as a long term solution, the need for renewable energy solutions is making its way into the spotlight.

Waste-to-Energy

Waste-to-energy careers have been steadily growing from year to year in the last decade. This steady growth has been credited to the American consumers need for goods and materials as well as an ever-changing waste stream.

“Technological advances in materials, materials handling and consumer behavior patterns continue to influence waste-handling methods, creating efficiencies and innovation within the industry,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association.

Thanks to these trends, the WTE job market has seen an unemployment rate at ½ the national average of unemployment rates in other job markets within the last 2 years. This gap will likely widen with the continued demand of WTE needs and the advancement of WTE processes in the years to come.

With this steady rise in demand, this means the WTE job market is full of opportunity for possible employment. This is good news for college grads looking to start their careers, as well as seasoned workers looking for a new start.

Below are just a few of the jobs that Either way these are just some of the jobs that are available in the field of Waste to Energy:

Engineering

  • Engineering Analyst
  • Engineering and Design Supervisor
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Engineering Development Director
  • Resource Conservation Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer

Research and Development

  • Energy Analyst
  • Energy Manager
  • Environmental Waste Consultant
  • Carbon Consultant
  • Greenhouse Gas Assessor
  • Hydro Geologist
  • Program Analyst
  • Waste Reduction Consultant

Construction

  • Industrial Waste Manager
  • Industrial Energy Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Distribution Standards Manager

Technology

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Geo Exchange Designer
  • Geothermal Designer
  • Intelligent Building Specialist
  • Lighting and Design Specialist
  • Performance Assurance Coordinator
  • Grid Designer

But don’t be discouraged by this list of jobs – it only just scratches the surface of potential employment opportunities available in waste-to-energy. Again, whether you’re just starting out, or a professional looking for a new start in a growing field, WTE is a smart choice. With versatility and the potential to move up, there are thousands of jobs waiting for qualified candidates like you!

Conclusion

We’ve decided to spotlight this career track because it a topic that’s close to our hearts here at GK. We care about where the world and its resources are headed. We want to see the needs of people get in line with the needs of the planet therefore we at GK are committed to using renewable energy. Not only that, we are committed to the continued pursuit of finding the best innovations and the most efficient processes when it comes to vibratory equipment for our clients.

Join us today, and every day, in making an effort towards a better – more efficient – tomorrow. If you want more information about resource recovery careers or about how GK is committed to a better tomorrow, contact us today!

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