CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 11, 2014
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How to Find a Job in Renewable Energy in the US

In 2013, renewable energy sources accounted for approximately 12.9% of electricity which was domestically produced in the US. As of 2014, it is estimated that more than 143,000 individuals are employed in the solar industry. Additionally, 43 states “deploy net metering, where energy utilities buy back excess power generated by solar arrays.” (Source: Wikipedia) Renewable energy jobs are forming in increasing number as more and more people globally are taking a keen interest in protecting the environment and searching for new ways to create safe and clean energy. This article will address ways that interested individuals can find renewable energy jobs in the US.

Types of Renewable Energy Jobs

If you are interested in finding a renewable energy job, you have a wide range of options open to you in this current job climate. GreenEnergyJobs.com is an excellent resource for individuals who need additional guidance on the specifics of types of renewable energy jobs. Their Career Guide provides a comprehensive review of the various sectors, which are listed below.

  • Environmental
  • Energy Efficient
  • Waste to Energy
  • Consulting Work
  • Solar Power
  • Biofuels & Bioenergy
  • Energy Policy
  • Wind Energy
  • Fuel Cell
  • Hydro Power
  • Tidal Energy
  • Wave Power
  • Cleaner Coal
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Thermal Energy Storage
  • Electrical Energy Storage
  • Hydrogen Production & Storage
  • (CHP) Combined Heat & Power

Where to Begin Your Search

There are a variety of online job search websites which are specifically geared toward assisting individuals to find jobs in the renewable energy field. The majority of these job search sites are free to register for and also offer a blog or newsletter with tips, industry news and advances. Some examples are listed below.

1. RenewableEnergyJobs.com – This website is a global jobs and career portal for the newly developing renewable energy industry. The link listed will direct you to the listings of jobs in the US.

2. RenewableEnergyWorld.com – This search site provides job listings in the same fields. It also offers a great resource of White Papers which shares various innovations in the industry and how companies are advancing in renewable energy techniques.

3. SEIA.org – Otherwise known as, the Solar Energy Industries Association, this organization is a valuable resource for job seekers in this industry. In addition to their solar jobs board site, they also provide users with guidance and information regarding various solar training opportunities, certifications and training program accreditations. Prospective members can complete the membership application to apply to join.  

4. CareerBuilder.com & Monster.com – These links will take you directly to the renewable energy jobs posted at each of these major job search websites.

Finding a job in the US in the renewable energy field can take a bit of extra effort on your part since you may need to search specific websites. The informational guide listed at the beginning of this article will assist you in ascertaining your connection to the specific types of jobs available. After you have reviewed the career guide from GreenEnergyGuide.com, you should then visit the job search websites listed to find the best job suited to your current location and specific expectations.


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