Why Choose Energy
For most people, jobs in the energy industry become careers. Those careers become professions of passion. Project teams become family. For some, those are reasons enough to consider an energy career. For those who need more convincing, consider the energy sector has careers that fulfill a variety of professional interests.
Want to work outside with your hands in a skilled trade position – fixing, building, or repairing things? Check! We’ve got lots of those opportunities. Drawn to the environment and opportunities to impact its future? Another check. What about finding solutions for things that don’t even exist yet, solving some of the industry’s most complex challenges? We certainly have you covered there! Technical positions? Business operations? Entrepreneurial challenges? An industry that supports diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environments? Check. Check. Check. Check. Oh, and did we mention, the industry pays well? Really well.
Types of Jobs
Things to Study
There are a lot of educational paths you can take to pursue an energy career. Generally, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes will serve you well for any of our technical careers, as they require an understanding of how and why things work. For those looking to start work right out of high school or after earning a GED, the industry offers entry level positions that provide all the training you will need to advance your career. For those who want to join the industry after a two- or four- year college program, you, too, have a lot of paths to consider. The industry is always in need of engineers of all types. We need those who study environmental science, energy (of course), natural and sustainable resources, even marine biology, supply chain management, cyber-security, and infrastructure systems. Check out schools that offer energy-related programs here and learn how to start energy career right after high school here
Cutting-edge STEM trends
Check out some of the latest STEM trends in the energy industry that are propelling us forward to a smart energy future:
Growth of electric cars
We already expect nearly a dozen new types of electric cars to hit the market over the next three years. Add to this the viability of fuel-cell electric vehicles being tested in places like California — a state that has a Zero Emission Vehicle program requiring automakers to sell a certain amount of electric cars and trucks — and you could be cruising longer without refueling.
More smart meters
Smart meters measure electricity, water, and gas consumption and communicate this information to the utility that serves the home or business. The installation of these devices in the residential and commercial sectors can help in lowering CO2 emissions by reducing the use of electricity during the busiest, or “peak,” times of day.
Increase of distributed generation
Electricity from volcanoes
Where are STEM skills needed?
Check out these examples of key STEM skills and the kinds of amazing things they can help you achieve in the real world.
Get Into Energy
The energy industry is home to hundreds of kinds of meaningful, important, and essential, well-paying careers. There are jobs for thinkers and tinkerers, outdoor enthusiasts and office specialists, those who are wowed by drones and digitalization, engineers and environmentalists, those who like heights and those who want to work below the earth’s surface, and athletes and mathletes. Find your path and discover why people who start in energy careers stay in energy careers.