Energy Management is a very diverse field that aims to optimize the supply and demand of energy in an organization with a bigger focus on the demand side where energy is used. An energy management professional can specialize in a variety of areas including technical analysis and design, engagement and strategy, project management, financial analysis, or policy development, but more commonly would be involved in a mix of all of them.
The field is constantly growing and fits in all sectors of society such as industrial, commercial, institutional, residential, and transportation, with the ultimate goal of providing energy services as efficiently as possible while supporting the business functions of an organization.
Common job titles for an energy professional include Energy Manager, Energy Specialist, Energy Analyst, Energy Engineer, Energy Consultant, Planner, Designer, and Technologist.
This infographic summarizes the vast opportunities in energy efficiency employment in Canada.
“The energy efficiency sector employed 436,000 workers across 6 key industries in 2018 – that’s about 2.3% of all jobs in Canada. For comparative purposes, 204,000 people are employed in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction, and 123,000 are employed in telecommunications.”
– Efficiency Canada
In the global effort to combat climate change as the most critical global challenge, climate projections and modeling show that energy management is as important as renewable energy in our efforts to achieve the recommended climate change mitigation targets.
The average salary for a Canadian energy management professional can vary based on experience level and the industry. Starting annual salaries can be around $55,000, but a Certified Energy Manager with a few years of experience can earn an annual salary of $80,000 to >$100,000.