Solar Engineers

Engineer Adjusts Solar Panel

Solar engineers work in any number of areas of engineering products that help harness energy from the sun. They may research, design, and develop new products, or they may work in testing, production, or maintenance. They may collect and manage data to help design solar systems. Types of products solar engineers work on may include solar panels, solar-powered technology, communications and navigation systems, heating and cooling systems, and even cars. In 2015, solar energy made up 6 percent of all renewable energy in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration. Renewable energy sources collectively accounted for 10 percent of all U.S. energy consumption.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use science and engineering principles to research, design, and develop new solar energy products; may also work in testing, production, or maintenance
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consulting Firm Owner, or Professor
  • Solar Engineer
  • Solar Engineering Technician

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