Careers in Renewable Energy Generation

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What these careers are about

This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

Career nameAvg salary

Biofuels Development Managers

define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

Wind Energy Operations Managers

manage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.

Wind Energy Project Managers

lead or manage the development and evaluation of potential wind energy business opportunities, including environmental studies, permitting, and proposals. May also manage construction of projects.

Methane Gas Collection Operators

direct daily operations, maintenance, or repair of landfill gas projects, including maintenance of daily logs, determination of service priorities, and compliance with reporting requirements.

Geothermal Production Managers

manage operations at geothermal power generation facilities. Maintain and monitor geothermal plant equipment for efficient and safe plant operations.

Hydroelectric Production Managers

manage operations at hydroelectric power generation facilities. Maintain and monitor hydroelectric plant equipment for efficient and safe plant operations.

Biofuels Production Managers

manage biofuels production and plant operations. Collect and process information on plant production and performance, diagnose problems, and design corrective procedures.

Biomass Power Plant Managers

manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.

Storage and Distribution Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.

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.

Solar Energy Systems Engineers

perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

Wind Energy Engineers

design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.

Civil Engineers

perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

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.

Solar Sales Reps

contact new or existing customers to determine their solar equipment needs, suggest systems or equipment, or estimate costs.

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Nuclear Equipment Technicians

operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.

Power Plant Operators

control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Solar Energy Installation Managers

direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.
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