Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Workers

The power of water—in rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean tides—is used to generate electricity. This type of electricity is known as hydropower electricity. Hydropower and marine energy industry workers perform a wide range of duties, from designing, constructing, and maintaining hydropower projects and plants, to assessing and remediating the environmental impact of these projects, to providing support services (human resources, clerical, information management, etc.) to science and technology workers. According to the National Hydropower Association, approximately 300,000 people are currently employed in the hydropower industry and the potential is for up to 1.4 million jobs by 2025.

Quick Facts
Duties Design, construct, and maintain hydro- and marine power projects; provide support to workers who perform the aforementioned tasks
Alternate Title(s) Hydroelectric Plant Technicians, Hydroelectric Production Managers, Hydropower Engineers, Hydropower Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions but are most common on the West Coast—especially in the Pacific Northwest
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
Experience Internship
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Consultant
  • Experienced Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Worker
  • Entry-Level Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Worker

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