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The clean energy business is booming, and there’s never been a better time for you to be a part of it. Today, there are more than 500,000 jobs in renewable energy industries like solar and wind, and over 2 million in energy efficiency fields such as building performance. The opportunities are nearly limitless and range from construction to manufacturing, building science, project development, engineering, IT, and much more. Read our job role profiles to learn more about some of the career opportunities in green energy. 

Ready to learn more? Visit our career maps for the Solar Career Map, Green Buildings Career Map, and HVAC Career Map to learn about other job roles and career pathways.

Yes! Employers are hiring in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Some entry-level jobs do not require a high school diploma, but you’ll also find opportunities if you have an advanced degree. No matter what your interests or skill set, there is a place for you in these growing industries. Meet a few of the people who are succeeding in their careers.

Many entry-level jobs call for a strong work ethic but don’t require prior training or experience. Other positions may require an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. Many employers provide on-the-job training or apprenticeship opportunities that let you learn on the job. Browse our career profiles to find out more about the training required for specific job roles.

Visit our Connect Now (link, Connect Now filtered to Hiring, Training, Registered Apprenticeships) page to find employers, training providers, and helpful organizations in your area. Click on any organization to find out more about them and the jobs or training opportunities that may be available. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our Resources (Link: Resources, filtered to Job Seeker) page for more tips on starting an energy career.

One excellent career path is to get hired as an apprentice. You receive on-the-job training and earn a credential you can carry with you throughout your career—all while earning a paycheck. In fields like solar energy, wind, and building performance, apprenticeship opportunities are growing. Visit this page to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities. (Link: Clean Energy Apprenticeships) Or, visit our Connect Now page (Link: Connect Now filtered to Hiring, Training, Registered Apprenticeship) to search for apprenticeship opportunities in your area.

The Weatherization Assistance Program is a federally funded program that helps low-income households make their homes more energy efficient. This program is growing and there is a place for you! As a home energy professional, you will earn competitive wages while gaining skills and experience in building performance and energy efficiency technologies. Visit this page to learn more about home energy performance careers. (Link: Careers in Building Performance.) Or, visit our Connect Now page (Link: Connect Now filtered to Hiring, Training, Energy Efficiency, Weatherization Assistance Program) to search for organizations in your area that may be hiring.

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Energy Auditor

$39,000–$52,000

Conduct energy audits to evaluate the health, safety, comfort, and energy use in a home or multi-family building and make recommendations for energy-saving improvements. Learn more about this role.

Equipment Operator

$52,000–$60,000

Operate various types of construction equipment that are essential to all aspects of a solar installation job. Learn more about this role.

Carpenter

$41,000–$92,000

Build structures for utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar projects. By using materials including wood, metal, and concrete, carpenters ensure that solar installations are secure and meet quality standards. Learn more about this role.

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Browse our career profiles to learn about other job roles, including pay scales, training, and day-to-day tasks.

Earn while you learn!​

Learn about apprenticeship opportunities in fields like solar, wind, and building performance.

Spotlight: Careers in building performance

Make a difference in your community. Start your career making homes more energy efficient.

Photo credits: Building Performance Association; Energy Resource Center/NREL; Shutterstock