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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy is any approach to generating energy that meets the demands of the present while ensuring that future generations will have the resources available to meet their energy needs. This encompasses a range of approaches, but one constant is it does not involve any energy derived from fossil fuels, as by their very nature these sources are finite, even if we reduce the rate at which we use them they will someday run out and be unavailable to future generations.

Instead sustainable sources are those that are renewable, exploiting the natural world in the form of sun, water or wind to generate power. Managed correctly, these energy sources provide an endless supply. Utilising them to their maximum potential means shifting more and more of our power supply away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources. This extends to the rise in electric cars, but they are an example of how sustainable energy needs advances everywhere to be successful. Electric cars do not offer much gain in sustainability terms if the power grid they are charged from is based on fossil fuels, to be most effective the power grid at large needs to be shifted towards renewable sources.

Careers in Sustainable Energy include ones directly involved in the manufacturing and management of renewable energy sources, such as engineers and technicians constructing windmills and maintaining wind farms and those indirectly related, for example installing charging stations for electric cars or designing houses to be energy neutral to minimise their energy use.

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Sustainable Energy Authority
Sustainable Energy Authority

Occupations in Sustainable Energy
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Energy Manager / Consultant

Energy managers/consultants give advice on better practices and providing information on how to implement modifications and changes.

Geoscientists are primarily involved with the exploration and production of natural resources. Their research requires detailed research into the composition, structure and other physical aspects of the earth.
Timber Technologist

Work may involve importing, processing, saw milling and treating wood or the manufacture of wood products and woodworking machinery, and may also act as managers within the timber industry.

Tree Surgeon/Arborist

Works in the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. They examine trees to assess their condition before determining appropriate action.

Water Engineer

Water engineers work on projects such as flood defence schemes and sewer improvement programmes at all stages of their development and implementation.

Energy Engineer

Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.

Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers focus on projects related to natural resources rather than man-made projects and prioritise environmental protection and conservation in design and development projects.

Biosystems Engineer

Works on the design and development of new agricultural methods, machinery, and systems towards solving problems facing the global ecosystem.

Biological / Microbiological Scientist

Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.

Studies the movement, distribution, and quality of water in rivers, lakes, and oceans, using concepts such as the water cycle.
Hydrographic Surveyor

A person who specialises in the survey of oceans.

Studies the oceans and seas of the world, how they work and what they do.
Solar Physicist

Carries out research towards a better understanding of how solar activity affects the earth and the atmosphere.