Responsible Career Choices: Where Are The Renewable Energy Jobs?

Currently, renewable energy career choices are growing both in demand and in supply.  Growth in the demand for renewable energy career choices stems from the desire of professionals to contribute to the change in energy consumption they want to see.  Whether it was watching the BP spill catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, or learning more about hybrid or electric cars, wind energy, geothermal energy and solar energy, many professionals are yearning to put their skills to work for a company that produces something the energy solutions that we need to restore our environment (or at least not destroy it as fast).  On the side of supply of renewable energy career choices, increased access to patient capital, along with best practices in energy efficiency from big companies, new bilateral collaborations, regulations and governmental incentives all play a major role in facilitating the growth of initiatives and companies that provide renewable energy-based products and services.  All these trends are good news, although from a variety of studies, Asia is benefiting from most of the renewable energy jobs currently being created.

The good news about renewable energy jobs is that you don't have to be an engineer or a chemist to be able to get a job in the renewable energy industry.  Case and point:  Among the 51 renewable energy jobs advertised on our Justmeans Job Board since November 1, 2010, only 6% of the job opportunities required an engineering or science background.  Here is a sample of the responsible career choices you have if you want to launch a career in renewable energy no matter what your function of interest is:

Communications and public relations: Development and Outreach Manager (Power to the People), Managing Editor (American Solar Energy Society), Development Assistant(Union of Concerned Scientists)Education and Community Outreach: Outreach and Event Coordinator (Green Market Solutions), and Resource Conservation Education Coordinator (Northwest Conservation Academy).

Consulting: Corporate Responsibility Program Associate (As You Sow), Senior Associate (Positive Ventures), and Business Account Manager (

Finance and Accounting:  Director, Project Finance (SunEdison).

Policy and Research:  Senior Policy Director (Emerald Cities Collaborative).

Project Management: Senior Project Development Director (Community Energy), Program Analyst (Steward for Affordable Housing), and Project Manager, Solar and Wind Energy Projects (Signal Wind Energy).

Sales and Marketing:  Global Marketing Manager (CHS), and Regional Sales Manager (EnerNOC).

In sum, renewable energy is an industry pregnant with opportunities for professionals who want to contribute to companies they can believe in.  Furthermore, few of these career choices do require an engineering or a science degree.  Instead, the career choices require a passion for building a better future, combined with the determination it takes to fight the status quo.  What other resources and information would you recommend for professionals interest in responsible career choices in the energy industry?

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