Careers in the Electricity Industry
What’s in your future?
Discover your strengths and interests and then explore career possibilities that would be satisfying and a good match with your abilities. There is a high demand for workers in the energy field to help provide our energy needs for the future. It is estimated that by the year 2030 more than one-fifth of all Americans will be employed in the energy industry. There are many varied opportunities with excellent wages available.
Here a few examples of jobs in the electricity industry where over 700,000 people are employed as electricians and over 500,000 in renewable energy jobs. Wind and solar are rapidly growing industries. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of jobs in those fields were newly created positions. It is estimated that the energy workforce will increase by 20 percent by the year 2022.
Installer or line workers are responsible for transporting equipment to a job site and putting it together properly. They repair cables, wires, transmission and distribution equipment that power buildings. Power lines, solar water heaters, photovoltaic panels, geothermal heat pump systems and many more systems need installers. A high school diploma is necessary and a two-year degree is optional. Salary range: $33,000 to $85,000.
Electric and power engineers conduct research and design electrical systems. All jobs require an engineering bachelor degree. Salary range: $50,000 to $130,000.
Energy auditors complete estimations and inspections for energy equipment and the construction of buildings to make them energy efficient. They prepare reports summarizing energy analysis results and recommendations for energy cost savings. A high school diploma is necessary and a two year degree is optional. Salary range: $20,000 to $67,000 per year.
Customer service representative is a service agent, at least 18 with a high school diploma. He or she works a flexible schedule and assists clients with inquiries, billing issues and service requests. Salaries range from $30,000 to $55,000 annually.
Engineers are problem-solvers who work with electricity grid diagrams, leading projects, collecting data, improving productivity and supporting environmental, health and safety activities. An engineering degree in electrical or mechanical engineering is required. An engineer would earn a yearly salary of $49,000 to $130,000 depending on experience and expertise.
Power plant operators operate and control power generation equipment that use fossil fuels, nuclear, or hydro power. A high school diploma is necessary and a two year degree is optional. Salary range: $30,000 to $85,000.
Safety managers research job sites, analyze project materials and determine disposal methods. They comply with building codes and government regulations. A bachelor degree and some years of experience (varies per company) are required. Salary range: $39,000 to $97,000.