Circular Economy jobs and careers

Circular Economy is a discipline within sustainability that is an economic system and aids changes to climate change, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss.

Why consider a career within the Circular Economy? 

This is a career that sees you working for or with clients that specialise in manufacturing design for a circular economy and for products to be reusable, which exposes you to an array of amazing industries. Your work can have you working on the design of new product innovation, whilst using recycled materials, which could range from electrical devises, recycled plastic to rather unusual materials such as potatoes or even coffee.

What a job or career within the Circular Economy may entail… 

You often have the opportunity to work across the full product life cycle, from requirements stages through to design, production and manufacture. On a senior level, you will have a mix of innovation, leadership and hands-on design responsibilities.

Typical role titles include: 

Mechanical Design Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electronic Design Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Product Design Engineer
Operations Manager
Materials Manager

Career progression example 

Head of Department
Principal
Senior

Salary Benchmarks  

This often comes down to speciality, location, and whether you pursued a masters.

Salaries for entry-level roles in this field range from £23k – £32k.

On a mid-level, Engineers normally earn between £35k and £45k.

Seniors normally earn between £45k and £60k.

Salaries for Principal Engineers normally range between £55k to £70k.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes… 

The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions;

3D design (using software tools such as Solidworks, PTC Creo, Catia and AutoCAD), CAE, Thermodynamics, Materials selection, Stress, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, and Data Analysis (Matlab, ANSYS, Labview).

What qualifications does it take? 

Often clients will look for you to hold a Bsc in Engineering, Product Design, Business, Environmental, Economics and Science. Otherwise, they will look for candidates who have undertaken an apprenticeship related to the field. An academic or industry-related technical background is normally necessary to secure a role in the field.

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