The nation is moving rapidly towards a renewable energy economy. This is creating many new jobs and career possibilities. We are in the process of reinventing how we generate, store, and distribute energy. This means developing new technology, processes, and services. These changes mean that some jobs in old industries are disappearing but there is the potential for many new jobs in emerging industries.
Below are listed some of the careers that you might look for in the next 10 years.
|Position||What they do||How to prepare|
|Solar cell research scientist||Develop new solar cell technology||PhD chemistry, physics, engineering|
|Production technician||High tech manufacturing, robotics||BA or MS, nanotechnology|
|Solar estimator||Determines size and components for installing solar||BS or AA, math, engineering|
|Solar Installer||Places solar panels on building roofs||High school or AAiHHddf|
|Wind power mechanic||Installs and maintains wind turbines||High school or AA|
|Materials scientist||Develops new materials for storing electricity||PhD materials science, chemistry|
|Battery Engineer||Designs battery that uses new materials||Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering|
|Electric Vehicle Engineer||Designs components and systems for electric cars||BA automotive engineering|
|Smart Grid designer||Develops ways to manage and integrate new energy sources||PhD or MS in mathematics, engineering, software|
|Smart demand installer||Installs web enabled controls for devices that use power||AA, electrician|
|Materials scientist – new power conductors||Researches and designs super conductors for long distance power transfer||PhD physics, materials science|
|Utility Planner||Plans the grid and sets prices that encourage conservation and efficiency||BA or MS electrical engineering|