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Look Beyond Oil Rigs for Great Careers in Energy & Utilities

By Erdin Beshimov

There's more to energy & utilities than the gas and oil sector. Here are some additional career paths that might just catch your fancy!


Energy is a prime issue in international affairs; it is a critical resource for which demand is soaring in both developed and developing economies.? Governments play critical roles in ensuring their countries' access to various sources of energy.? The U.S. Department of Energy works to "advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex."

Environmental Consulting

With tightening environmental regulations in the energy and utilities sector, many companies need to make a transition to cleaner technologies.? However noble an undertaking, this is no small feat.? Given the huge size of many energy and utility companies, minute details of environmental technologies can mean adding or subtracting hundreds of millions of dollars. Which is why it often makes sense to hire an environmental consultant.? Most environmental consultants hail from the engineering world, but many companies have diversified and offer services that require the expertise of earth scientists, biologists, public health professionals, architects, and more.?

Foreign Area Expertise

If you studied a foreign region or country in college and learned a new language, you could be a great candidate for a career in energy and utilities.? With so much energy business taking place abroad, those who are savvy in foreign politics and culture bring home handsome paychecks. Gather some business acumen on your resume, too, and you're golden.

Energy Trading

Energy fund managers take home some of the biggest bonuses on Wall Street and constitute one of the most lucrative areas in finance. Unfortunately, their role is also one of the riskiest. High price volatility in the energy markets mean energy traders have been known to lose billions of dollars within a matter of weeks.? High risks, high rewards -- for some, the trade-off means magic.???

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