The following is a guest post by Ezra Drissman of GreenCareersGuide
Have you driven down the street and noticed that a lot more solar panels are popping up? Starting in the clean energy field can be a confusing task if you are unsure of where to begin. Clean energy is supposed to have enormous growth over the next few years and it covers a broad range of professions. Regardless of your background, all fields are needed.
1. Smart Grid Engineer: Being a Smart Grid Engineer takes a while to achieve, but once you're there, it is a job that pays extremely well and has a lot of benefits. Since this is a relatively new field, there is a ton of room for growth, and there will be a demand for many qualified individuals to fill the workforce as the smart grid comes online.
2. Hydrogen Plant Operator: Having a job in a hydrogen plant is 'green' because hydrogen is showing great promise as a cleaner burning fuel source for vehicles and other applications. Hydrogen is also a renewable resource. Once you have an effective way of separating it, there is really no shortage.
3. Energy Auditor: A career as an energy auditor is becoming an increasingly important one as more and more people are looking to make their homes energy-efficient. Not only is this important so that people can save money, but it's also important for the environment.
4. Green IT: A green IT professional is someone with skill and knowledge in configuring computing systems and employing strategies that reduce the energy used by computer networks.
Preparing yourself for any of these four careers will put you in a place to succeed in the clean energy field.
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