Vault Career Guide to Energy

by Kelly Kagamas Tomkies; Introduction by Christine Geltz
Publication Date: 2014

Demand for energy is projected to continue escalating through 2035 and beyond. A growing global population, rising industrialized nations, and a desire for greater energy independence in the United States, will spur the development of new resources, new technology for extracting traditional energy resources, and alternative means of power. These factors—together with evolving government regulations and environmental concerns—will shape the future of the energy industry and ensure that it remains a challenging but rewarding place to build a career. Robust opportunities are expected in alternative energy, although these branches of the industry—geothermal, solar, and wind—are less established and more susceptible to economic setbacks than traditional coal, natural gas, and oil. However, advances in technology and changes to environmental requirements will feed demand for workers with the skills and ability to remain on the industry forefront.

The Vault Career Guide to Energy provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in, and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to join a multinational oil company or develop new forms of alternative power, this guide can help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing, and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it, and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing, and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, Web sites, and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Kelly Kagamas Tomkies is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She has served as editor of three business publications and written or cowritten other books for Ferguson Publishing, including Career Launcher: Energyand Career Launcher: Food Services, and coauthored Career Launcher: Real Estate. She also contributed a chapter to a National Geographic book called Big Idea. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Kevin, and her son, Duncan.

Christine Geltz, of Geltz Communications, Inc. has developed a wide range of award-winning energy efficiency and demand response marketing strategies and tools for investor-owned and municipal utilities throughout the western United States as well as other private energy and water-related companies. She has also provided industry leadership in developing communication and marketing tools and professional development, notably as a national board member for the Association of Energy Services Professionals and the Association of Professional Energy Managers. In addition, she is a charter member of the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership of the Energy Services Marketing Society, Association of Energy Engineers. 

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