Green careers - Facts and statistics

There is a wide range of green jobs to look out for, but the main sectors for green jobs in Surrey cover everything from sustainable power to professional services to the natural environment. There are jobs suitable for people just starting their career and also experienced professionals wanting to use their knowledge and skills to help address climate change and wider sustainability issues. Jobs are available working indoors and outdoors, in skilled trades and technical roles.

SectorWhat is thisEstimated number of
green jobs in Surrey (2022)
Reduce, reuse, recycle and repairIncluding waste management (diversion from landfills) and circular economy.6,978
PowerIncluding renewables (such as wind, solar and hydropower), nuclear power, grid infrastructure, energy storage and smart systems technology.5,441
Homes and buildingsIncluding retrofit, building new energy-efficient homes, heat pumps, smart devices and controls, heat networks and hydrogen boilers.2,766
Climate adaptationIncluding flood defences, retrofitting of buildings to be resilient to extreme weather and climate events, nature-based solutions to reduce climate impacts and civil and mechanical engineering for infrastructure adaptation.2,623
Industrial decarbonisationIncluding helping industrial settings to improve energy efficiency, hydrogen production for industrial use, electrification of industrial processes and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).2,159
Green financial, professional and research servicesIncluding climate change research and development, supporting businesses with climate change strategies and policies, monitoring and reducing localised pollution such as air and water.927
Low carbon transportIncluding low or zero emission vehicles, aviation, maritime, rail and road; public transport, walking and cycling.247
Natural environmentActivities that enhance the natural environment, often reducing carbon generation including woodland planting, restoring peatland, wetland restoration and habitat protection.164

Below are some of the green jobs in Surrey to look out for now and in the future. Some of these are in the sectors listed above and others will be available across a range of businesses

JobWhat is this and why is it green?
Environment professionalsReducing impacts for human activities and industrial processes on the environment through investigating and advising on environmental issues on land and in the sea.
Sales and business development managersAn increasing number of these will be required in green companies to build relationships with customers, suppliers and partners to help make businesses more green.
Physical and biological scientistsInvestigating new, low-carbon materials or sustainable energy sources. Being a key player in conversations about the environment.
EngineersDeveloping energy efficient process for different industries.
ElectriciansDesigning and installing solar panels or electric vehicle charging points.
Construction production managersReducing the amount of materials used or waste produced in construction, or choose more environmentally sustainable materials or processes.
Refuse and salvage occupationsMaximising the reuse or recycling of waste coming from homes and businesses.
Vehicle techniciansMaintaining electric vehicles and other low carbon vehicles.