Geothermal Technicians

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Geothermal technicians perform technical duties at geothermal power plants or at individual installations. They monitor and adjust operating equipment and power production systems and identify and correct equipment malfunctions. They may work for commercial geothermal power facilities or install and maintain geothermal equipment for residences. The Department of Energy reports that there are about 7,645 people directly employed in the geothermal industry.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Install, operate, and maintain geothermal equipment and systems in geothermal power plants; test and repair geothermal equipment for commercial and residential installations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country but are best in the western United States, where most geothermal resources are located
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One year experience; apprenticeship; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Geothermal Technician, Supervisor
  • Geothermal Technician
  • Apprentice Geothermal Technician