Industry Sector


Help power the country: join the energy industry. Energy is one of the biggest contributors to Scotland’s economy, and working in this field can give you the chance to build a truly exceptional career.

With renewable energy sources on the rise, there are exciting new opportunities emerging every day. At the same time, the oil, gas, nuclear and electrical sectors remain major employers.

This industry can offer you many rewards, as well as a wide range of career options, from engineering and technically skilled roles to project management and administration.

The industry now

The energy sector is a large and important part of the Scottish economy, accounting for over a quarter of economic output

There are approximately 125,000 people employed directly in the energy sector in Scotland

There are currently 6,000 graduates and 13,000 apprentices employed in the Oil & Gas sector across the UK

11,695 people are employed full-time in the renewables industry in Scotland

The future

The Scottish Government hopes to generate 100% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020

Over 15,000 new recruits may be needed by the Grid and Transmission sector across the UK by 2022/23

£75bn is required to deliver the planned programme of nuclear decommissioning across the UK, bringing opportunities in areas such as, engineering, fabrication, construction, and waste management