According to a report published by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, the “Advanced Energy” sector is currently estimated to be a $1.4 trillion industry. It’s one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy efficiency jobs now employ over 2 million individuals. Market trends in 2019 will support continued growth of the industry for the US which will generate a positive outlook for job seekers.
In this blog, we take a look at the top 3 career opportunities in renewable energy.
Engineers in the renewable sector develop technologies to decrease or eliminate a corporation’s environmental footprint. They are the driving force behind the innovation for clean energy generation, playing a key role in research and development, testing and implementation of new green-powered technologies. The need for this expertise spans across multiple sectors including chemical, electrical, hydro-logical, aerospace, biochemical, biomedical and oil and gas.
Their responsibilities vary from designing solar cells, wind turbines, hydroelectric dams and the systems that are responsible for carrying electricity to the power plant and storage. According to Simply Hired, the average salary for an engineer is around $82,000, with those working on wind energy earning significantly higher figures.
Across industries, solar photovoltaic installers will represent the fasting growing occupation in the US according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While a variety of trends support this projected growth for both solar and wind energy, Deloitte shares that the main drivers include a decrease in solar and wind generation costs in 2018 combined with maturing technology and advancements in expertise in integrating this form of renewable power into the grid.
Wind Farm Developers
The wind power sector is also growing at a phenomenal rate and will surpass that of hydropower electricity generation for the first time in 2019. Wind farms are currently being developed in high-wind areas around the world, generating large amounts of clean power. Anyone involved with developing, constructing, and maintaining these giant power-generators can find opportunities for considerable success and career growth.
While some barriers to entry still remain in wind farm development, many strides have been made to address the adherence to government regulations, securing the land, and obtaining legal permissions. With this progress, there’s no better path to earning profits while working towards a clean energy environment.
Businesses involved in the renewable energy sector are constantly seeking to recruit qualified workers, and the demand for experienced workers can only be expected to increase in the years to come. Since 1999, International Search Consultants has been helping organizations discover suitable candidates within the energy industry. ISC’s team of highly experienced executive recruiters offers executive recruitment services in the fields of sales, HR, technology, construction and more. Contact us today for more information.
Ann Zaslow-Rethaber is President of International Search Consultants and can be reached via e-mail at or via direct dial at 888-866-7276