Solar Energy Industry Workers

Solar energy industry workers perform a wide range of duties, from designing, building, repairing, and maintaining photovoltaic cells and solar power facilities to conducting research on new solar technologies; to assessing and purchasing land for solar facilities. They are also responsible for providing support services to scientific and technical workers and perform many other job duties. As of November 2013, nearly 142,700 people spent at least 50 percent of their work time on solar-related projects, according to The Solar Foundation. 


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Varies by Profession
Duties Design, build, repair, and maintain photovoltaic cells and solar power facilities; conduct research in solar energy technology; provide support to workers who perform the aforementioned tasks
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 California, Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience useful
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Computer
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Background check and drug screening for some positions
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Consultant
  • Experienced Solar Energy Industry Worker
  • Entry-Level Solar Energy Industry Worker

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