Green jobs in the energy management industry are growing in numbers
There is an upswing of green jobs in energy management since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Green career training and jobs are growing in the public, private and non-profit sectors for green energy with a range from entry-level to professional positions. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers student internship programs for such fields as solar and fuel cells, atmospheric sciences, global carbon cycles, energy efficiency, climatology and more. Information regarding the internships can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.
Some green job positions are seeing rapid growth such as the rise in wind powered sales jobs since the IRS began offering tax credits for renewable energy systems. There are many positions available in wind power energy and all are an integral part of the success of the industry. Entry-level positions for wind energy green careers cover trade and construction workers, meteorological technicians and more. Mid-level jobs include sales, construction managers, technical trainers and instructors, etc. and the advanced level comprises resource scientists, electrical engineers, analysts and researchers, asset managers and more. The industry works through all phases from project development, component manufacturing, construction, operations, and education, training and research. Renewable energy is a growing field that offers a wide range of positions.
Home energy auditors are another growing field of green building design. The auditor will assess the home and determine where there are faults, malfunctions, waste and over-use of energy, and make recommendations for improvement. The auditor can show a homeowner how to eliminate waste and decrease energy consumption just by adding insulation or replacing windows. Many energy efficiency service companies hire auditors who have knowledge in home construction and energy efficiency. Anyone who wishes to enter this field of expertise should acquire a building analyst certification, which is considered the proper training program for this field.
Green engineering is a green construction technology needed to identify the best qualified building sites. Engineering expertise is needed to create areas for water run-off, and heating, cooling and ventilation systems that are green certified. Green engineering promotes environmental sustainability while minimizing toxins and pollutants by designing products and processes that achieve these goals. It is the framework for all design principles to conserve and protect the environment while also protecting human health and well-being.
Teachers are an important part of the growing green careers movement. As the industry progresses, more teachers and instructors will be needed to educate workers in green building design and technology. Many teachers have LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification credentials. LEED is the recognized standard for all green construction using environmentally friendly products, techniques and designs. Anyone who passes a series of exams given by the U.S. Green Building Council can earn a LEED certification.
Sales are another area of green jobs that is growing rapidly. Many businesses are seeking green energy solutions for their business operations to minimize waste, and cut back on energy usage and operating costs. The demand for renewable energy is increasing both in the private and commercial/industrial sectors, and there are many sub-sectors in the industry such as contractors, landscapers, solar energy makers, window and door manufacturers, etc. A full sales package may also include installation, maintenance and repair services. There is no limit to the products and services that are available in the green construction technology field.
Advanced Control Corporation is an industry leader in green building design, and has helped many buildings become LEED certified. Our knowledge and expertise in green building and technology is unsurpassed. If you are interested in learning more about green construction technology or perhaps are interested in a green career, contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954-491-6660.