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Green-collar UAE jobs for those seeking a career in renewable energy

By Shuchita Kapur

It’s not a new career option in the job market but many professionals are now thinking about green-collar jobs rather than the normal and boring mundane white-collar jobs we are so familiar with.

These green-collar jobs are already a growing part of the global economy and have found their place in the UAE as well. As demand has risen for clean energy and environmentally responsible manufacturing, many job opportunities have opened up here in the country for such professionals and green-collar workers, who are producing everything from wind turbines to electric cars to organic clothing and food.

Keeping in mind the growing market of renewable energy, the UAE will be offering job opportunities to candidates this month. Masdar Institute and Reed Exhibitions will co-host a career event for aspiring professionals in this category.

This Green Career Fair will be held during the 7th World Future Energy Summit from January 20-22, 2014, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and the organisers say this will be a valuable opportunity for recruiters to highlight job opportunities and provide career guidance in the advanced energy and sustainability industry.

The Green Career Fair aims to provide cost-effective and convenient ways to create social and professional networking opportunities. Besides meeting up with potential employers, professionals will be able to attend workshops on renewable energy career topics and make use of a Career Advice Desk to get tips from HR professionals on site. The fair will also include features such as career opportunity booths and interview areas, says a media release.

“Platforms such as the Green Career Fair offer emerging clean energy professionals the right channel for their professional development through engaging with industries in the field to discuss future trends in clean energy capacity building. We hope WFES 2014 will serve as the right forum for leading clean energy corporate brands to identify and select the right professional skills to ensure industry growth,” said Dr Behjat Al Yousuf, Dean of Students, Masdar Institute.

And who all can expect to land jobs in the sector? The organisers believe that investments in renewable energy is one of the key potential catalysts for job growth in the sector. There is an expected growth in demand for architects, engineers, urban planners and environmental experts specialised in building sustainable cities and communities, smart power grids, wind farms, solar power plants, hydroelectric  plants, and energy efficient transportation systems, as governments adopt sustainability in their economic development plans.

In addition, a series of supporting and indirect jobs will be created as a result of localised technology in the region like manufacturing, construction, and operation and maintenance.