Renewable Energy Careers

Renewable energy is defined as a clean and unlimited source of power or fuel. This energy is harnessed from different sources such as wind, sunlight (solar), water (hydro), organic matter (biomass), and the earth's internal heat (geothermal). Unlike non-renewable energy sources like oil, natural gas, or coal, or nuclear energy, renewable energy is not based on extracting a limited resource.

The renewable energy industry is actually a vast group of sub-industries that offer employment opportunities for people with many different educational backgrounds. Engineers, scientists, architects, farmers, technicians, operators, mechanics, lawyers, businesspeople, sales workers, human resource and public affairs specialists, as well as a host of administrative support workers make their living by researching, developing, installing, and promoting renewable energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that renewable energy industries will provide at least 300,000 new jobs for American workers in the next two decades.


Quick Facts
Duties Research, develop, install, and promote renewable energy resources
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Varies based on position and employer
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Consultant
  • Experienced Renewable Energy Worker
  • Entry-Level Renewable Energy Worker