Solar Engineers

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 2012, solar energy made up 2 percent of all renewable energy in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration. 


Quick Facts
Duties Use science and engineering principles to research, design, and develop new solar energy products; may also work in testing, production, or maintenance
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
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
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consulting Firm Owner, or Professor
  • Solar Engineer
  • Solar Engineering Technician

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