Green Careers

A Growing Market for Green Careers

Interested in a career in renewable energy?  The renewable energy industry is growing rapidly.  Within the next five years the total amount of energy currently produced from renewable energy worldwide—10gigawatts— is expected to double.  An incredible feat considering it’s taken nearly twenty years to reach the current level of production.
 
Whether your interests are in wind, solar or beyond, you’ll find resources below for up-to-date job postings, training programs and college level courses.

Solar, Wind, and Green Job Listings

American Wind Energy Association -  http://www.awea.org/
North American Boards of Solar Energy Practitioners - http://www.nabcep.org/index.cfm
Green Energy Jobs – www.greenenergyjobs.com
Greenjobs – www.greenjobs.com
Careers and Jobs in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the US Department of Energy - http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/careers.html
American Council on Renewable Energy - http://www.acore.org/careers_in_renewable_energy

Training and Workshop Programs

Solar Energy International International -  http://www.solarenergy.org
Solar Living Institute - http://www.solarliving.org/
Yestermorrow Design/Build School - www.yestermorrow.org

College Courses

A sample of the degrees currently offered:

Columbia Gorge Community College

Offers 1 year certificate and 2 year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Renewable Energy Technology. - http://www.cgcc.cc.or.us/Academics/RenewableEnergyTechnology.cfm

Lane County Community College

The Energy Management Program was born in 1980 when Alan Gubrud, a physics instructor at Lane Community College, obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a curriculum that combined the principles of basic physics with energy analysis techniques. Students gained a working understanding of energy systems in today's built environment and the tools to analyze and quantify energy efficiency efforts. The program began with an emphasis in residential energy efficiency / solar energy systems and has evolved to include commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy system installation technology. - http://www.lanecc.edu/science/energyMgmt/index.html

Oregon Institute of Technology

The Renewable Energy Systems degree is built on a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and communications. Added to this foundation are courses in mechanical and electrical engineering principles. The degree is designed to meet present and future needs for renewable energy professionals, with the knowledge and skills to develop, promote and implement new sustainable energy technologies, and improve the efficiency of existing systems. - http://www.oit.edu/Default.aspx?DN=ccebecde-aaf3-4ace-8bc8-2c5d35e3b1ac

Washington State University

Renewable energy information and specialists help you decide which energy source is most suitable for your Washington state renewable energy project. - http://www.energy.wsu.edu/