Biofuel has the potential to alter the course of energy consumption for people around the world. Rather than relying on decayed plants and animals buried thousands of feet under the ground that require potentially dangerous methods for extraction, biofuel is a smart way to use current plant and animal waste or plant material specifically grown for biofuel production.
What isn’t discussed as frequently is the array of new occupations becoming available in the biofuel field. Here are just a few jobs in this growing field:
- Biochemists and biophysicists. Converting plant material and animal waste into energy is a complex process, and the biofuel field is relying on having new, inquisitive minds analyze the process.
- Chemical and laboratory technicians. All of these new forms of biofuel require significant research, quality control testing, and analyses. These technicians are often responsible for coming up with new, efficient blends of biofuel.
- Chemists. Today’s chemistry graduates are helping this industry with in-depth knowledge and experience of the properties, structures, compositions, and reactivity of matter related to biofuel.
- Microbiologists. Today, farming plants for the production of biofuel happens in the water as well as on land. These experts use their knowledge of bacteria, algae, and plant cells to improve plant growth and fermentation processes.
- Soil and plant scientists. These experts use their knowledge of soil, crops, and agricultural processes to optimize traditional crop farming for the production of biofuel material.
Careers in the biofuel industry are paying well and have experienced good pay growth over the past decade. In 2011, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported annual wages between $49,000 and $64,000. In 2018 (the most recent year reported by the BLS) the average annual wages for these jobs had increased to between $51,000 and $106,000.
Additionally, there is a wide array of careers growing in fields related to the work of biofuel production including engineering, construction, and biofuel sales.
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