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The energy jobs that Gen Z wants


Members of Generation Z are far more interested in careers in renewable energy than nuclear power or fossil fuels, new Morning Consult polling shows.


Why it matters: The new data underscores a much-discussed problem facing the oil-and-gas and nuclear sectors: Attracting young talent.


How it works: Morning Consult polled 1,000 people ages 13–23 about whether they were interested in careers in the industries listed above.


  • “When Gen Zers do look to the future, it seems that participating in sectors whose emissions contribute to climate change holds little appeal,” they report.
  • Nuclear power also holds much less appeal than renewables, even though it’s a zero-emissions generation source.

Of note: The poll’s margin of error is ±3%.


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