Careers in Energy Efficiency

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What these careers are about

This sector covers activities related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing “smart grids,” and other energy efficient activities.
Career nameAvg salary

General Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
$119460

Energy Engineers

design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.
$98150

Electrical Engineers

research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
$97340

Financial Analysts

conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.
$95320

Mechanical Engineers

perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
$88190

Energy Auditors

conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.
$73480

Transportation Inspectors

inspect and monitor transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.
$72220

Electrical Line Technicians

install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
$65650

Training Specialists

design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.
$62460

Boilermakers

construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
$60660

Stationary Engineers

operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment, such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.
$60480

HVAC Installers

install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
$47380

HVAC Technicians

install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
$47380

Weatherization Technicians

perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) work. May perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.
$39500

Maintenance Mechanics

perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.
$38950

Home Insulation Workers

line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
$38810

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