Renewable Energy Engineers

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. Renewable energy engineers are problem-solvers who use the principles of mathematics and science to perform a variety of tasks in the renewable energy industry such as research and designing wind turbines, geothermal plants, and solar photovoltaic cells. Other engineers work in testing, production, maintenance, or management. Engineers work in a variety of fields. In fact, more than 25 engineering specialties are recognized by professional engineering societies. There are more than 1.5 million engineers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biomass Engineers, Fuel Cell Engineers, Geothermal Energy Engineers, Hydropower Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Solar Engineers, Wind Engineers
Duties Use the principles of mathematics and science to perform a variety of tasks in the renewable energy industry
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Varies by subspecialty
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Company Executive, or Professor, or Consultant
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technician

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