What Jobs does Solar Energy Create?

What Jobs does Solar Energy Create?

The scope of the solar energy industry has been steadily increasing over the last decade and has reached an all-time high in recent years. While, of course, this is having an immensely positive impact on our environment and the preservation of the planet, it’s also working wonders for our economy.

In fact, according to a study conducted by Stalix, ‘for each Megawatt Power (MWp) of solar panels installed, 20 manufacturing job-years and 13 installation job-years are created.’

Put simply, as the demand for solar energy increases across the US and the world, so does the demand for skilled workers to fulfill solar energy roles and continue the impressive progress this industry has already made.

But what kind of jobs does solar energy create? And which one could be the right fit for you?

Solar Energy Jobs

The majority of the jobs created by the solar energy industry are white-collar roles, requiring highly skilled craft labor. These roles can range from technical, hands-on roles – like that of a photovoltaic installer – all the way through to more customer-focused roles like retail sales representatives and marketing.

For a clearer idea of the solar energy roles you could fulfill, let’s explore a couple in more detail:

Solar Photovoltaic Installer

As a PV Installer, you’ll be responsible for connecting solar energy systems to the electrical grid. You’ll be tasked with setting up and maintaining this vital equipment, while also turning your hand to designing system layouts for optimum results.

Much of this role will be labor-intensive, allowing you to exercise your skills in framework assembling, while also utilizing your extensive knowledge of all things electrical.

A perfect role for those with solid technical skills and a logical mind.

Solar Sales Representative

As solar energy sales continue to soar, it’s imperative to put a sales workforce behind the industry to continually push it towards the next level.

As a Solar Sales Representative, you’ll act as the business contact for customers. You’ll work with them to determine their solar energy needs and provide them with the perfect solution. You’ll also enjoy working collaboratively on presentations and pitches to garner more attention for your company and the industry as a whole.

An exciting role for those of you looking for a more customer-focused career.

Engineering Technician

The more the demand for solar energy increases, the more engineering job opportunities being made readily available.

As a solar engineer technician, you’ll be able to use your skills to ‘assist civil, mechanical and environmental engineers and scientists in testing and applying theories to help improve the performance of solar energy-related facilities, processes or equipment.’

In short, you’ll become the backbone of the solar energy industry, helping to continually develop and progress solar energy systems to perform at their best. An excellent career choice for those with a strong engineering background.

Solar Energy Jobs with Mackinnon & Partners

The solar energy industry is growing, and so are solar energy job opportunities. Here at Mackinnon & Partners, we help match you to your perfect solar energy role.

For more information on how we can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Jack Miller
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