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 -
Green Energy Jobs –
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
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/
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This month's featured activity is Create Your Own Solar Oven. Use materials students have around the house to make solar ovens in class and cook snacks.