The number of jobs being created in the renewable energy industry is growing four times faster than the overall UK employment market, with the sector set to almost double its East Anglian workforce in the next decade.

Energy production and distribution already employs more than 53,000 people across Norfolk and Suffolk - an increase of around 14pc since 2016.

But experts from the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) predict this figure will soar during the next 12 years, with 16,365 people likely to be employed in the sector by 2035.

Data shows that 2.2pc of all new UK jobs have been classified as “green”, with the number of roles advertised almost trebling since the start of 2022, according to consultancy PwC’s annual barometer.

And while many of these jobs are in roles traditionally associated with the sector, like engineering, a growing number are opening up in non-technical fields too.

Martha Eaton, a former student at East Norfolk Sixth Form, took part in a pilot work experience programme with energy firm Equinor in 2022.

Eastern Daily Press: Martha Eaton completed work experience with Equinor (Image: Equinor)Martha Eaton completed work experience with Equinor (Image: Equinor) (Image: Equinor)

She went on to participate in a 20-day Ogden Trust summer internship last year.

She said: “A key area of sustainability is having a skilled current and future workforce to implement change and innovation.

“I had the misconception that I would need to pursue a mechanical-based career, but I have now seen the variety of jobs that occur alongside the classic roles.

“In the future, I believe I would be able to help ensure environmental regulations are being adhered to and work on constructive plans to enable business and political targets to be met.

“I am interested in being a piece of the puzzle to help implement positive changes for both people and the planet.”

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But which roles are the most in demand here in East Anglia.

According to a study by New Anglia LEP, these were the sector’s top five occupations with vacancies at last count.


Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

This might look like preparing and running test schedules based on specifications and drawings, setting up equipment, taking readings, and recording and interpreting data.

They also work to diagnose and detect faults and implement procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment.


Power plant operators control, operate, and maintain machinery to generate electricity. 

They use control boards to distribute power among generators and regulate the output of several generators.

Often they’re required to read charts, metres, and gauges to monitor voltage and electricity flows, as well as adjusting controls to regulate the flow of power.


Sales jobs in renewable energy look a lot like they do in other sectors.

From managing accounts and developing new customer relationships to collaborating with internal teams for deal closure and commercial negotiation, the focus in these roles is normally on business development. 

Often people in this job will also contribute to new product development and improving existing offerings.


Unsurprisingly, electricians have a big role to play in the renewable energy industry.

In Norfolk and Suffolk, there’s a particular need for wind turbine electricians, who are responsible for troubleshooting and preventing disruptions in production and electrical systems. 

Additionally, they handle the installation of electronic components during construction.


Project managers oversee renewable energy initiatives in their entirety, from inception to completion. 

This means planning and managing operations to ensure each phase of the project is done on time and within budget. 

A key part of this is allocating the right resources, to the right areas, at the right times, and being the main point of contact for suppliers and vendors.