Landing a Job in Renewable Energy

| 9/28/2009 4:27:22 PM

Tags: green jobs, renewable energy, solar power, solar installer, classes, renewable energy education,

I teach classes on renewable energy and green building at The Evergreen Institute, my educational center in east-central Missouri. I also teach through other organizations and institutions such as the University of Colorado’s continuing education program.

One trend I’ve noticed in recent years is a dramatic increase in the number of students interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy or home energy efficiency. A few years ago, only one or two students in my classes would raise their hands indicating they wanted to pursue a career in renewable energy. Now, it’s half my class — sometimes more!

One of the questions students invariably ask me is “How do I get a job in the industry?” I’ll discuss this topic in this blog and a few follow ups.

My immediate answer to this question is “Get as much education as possible — with as much hands on experience as possible, too.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to enroll in college. Many colleges and universities in fact, are only recently awakening to the fact that we need programs in renewable education — and are scrambling to set them up.

(Permit me a bit of soapbox time: It seems to me that colleges and universities, the bastions of forward thinking, are always the last to figure out important trends. As one who has taught at the college level for more than 30 years, it seems to me that administrators haven’t grasped the importance of environmental education or renewable energy until recently. Where have they been?  I know there are programs in environmental science and some in renewable energy, but they’re often fairly new and inadequately supported. Enough said.)

5/10/2013 6:02:54 AM

this is really very informative. Do you by any chance know anything similar taking place in europe? I am from greece myself, and I doubt whether i can move to America that easily..

Ramon Jr. B. Aguilar_1
10/17/2009 7:50:31 PM

This will enhance everyone's knowledge on environment. The Philippines being an exporter of human capital to so many countries including U.S. and U.A.E., in the field of environment and pollution control will benefit from this initiative.The Philippines' main concern this time is climate change due to the recent typhoons that made landfalls in it but we failed to give emphasis to our country's environmental assets like the architectural designs of the houses in Batanes which are adaptations to typhoons since prehistoric times.

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