Landing a Job in Renewable Energy: Degree Programs

| 12/3/2009 2:44:50 PM

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

Interested in a job in the renewable energy field as an installer, engineer, or even as a salesperson or marketing director? Now is the time to get moving.

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed some advice on obtaining training and also ways to secure a job once you’ve completed your training.

PV training at the Evergreen InstituteMany people who take my classes at The Evergreen Institute inquire about certificates and degrees. They ask “Is it worth the time and effort to obtain a degree or a certificate?” More specifically, “Will a certificate or degree increase my employment prospects?”

My answer is yes. Both will serve you well when it comes time to find a job. In this piece, I’ll start with the degree route.

A quick search of the Internet reveals numerous technical and community colleges that offer degrees in renewable energy. Here are a few examples, just to give you a sense of what’s out there.

Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis., for instance, offers an associate’s degree in wind energy technology. This program is designed for those who want to become technicians that service large commercial wind turbines.

Tremain Jennings
11/18/2011 12:39:26 AM

This website 'Energy University' offers FREE online energy efficiency training.

Bridgid Cummins
3/30/2010 9:17:54 AM

Don't forget Evergreen State College! It has not only taught Environmental Studies, Engineering and Ecology for many years it is also a "green" School!

Jane Pulaski_1
12/28/2009 2:45:45 PM and your readers should know about the Interstate Renewable Energy Council ( which has a directory of four-year universities that offer both undergraduate and graduate courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Courses may be searched by state, technology or both. IREC also offers a renewable energy training catalog where you can browse renewable energy training providers in your area using our map-based search, then drill down to view more information about each individual provider. Hope this is helpful.

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