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How do I Find Solar Energy Jobs?

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To find solar energy jobs, list your career skills and plan to transfer them into the booming field of solar energy. While researchers and scientists are certainly necessary in the solar industry, companies manufacturing solar components still need accountants, managers, technology professionals and customer service representatives. Employees are needed to build solar parts, sell and deliver systems, and provide customer installation.

Direct solar energy jobs are responsible for manufacturing within the solar industry as well as sales and product installation. Solar energy jobs also serve the industry indirectly. For example, you may obtain a job working in another industry that provide services and equipment to the solar industry. Seeking companies that manufacture equipment, parts and materials for solar systems is one avenue to finding solar energy jobs.

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the U.S.'s leading nonprofit association of solar professionals. ASES published the first Green-Collar Jobs report, which found that the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy are generating over 9 million jobs.

To find solar energy jobs, research what is happening in the industry. Solar technology is advancing worldwide. The solar energy jobs being created typically fall into the photovoltaic field, which is solar electric power, or solar wind energy work. Both fields are growing rapidly.

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Finding a solar energy job requires the same steps as finding any job. Narrow down the tasks you want to perform. Ask yourself if you want a hands-on position or work that uses management or sales skills. Talk to employees already working in the solar industry. Solar is a fairly new and ever-changing field, and many companies supplying solar parts and services are small. As the industry expands, so do these companies. Ask yourself if you are willing to work through growing pains.

Identify any gaps in knowledge that could deter an offer from a solar company. Extra training may be necessary to find work in the solar industry. Solar workshops and events around the U.S. teach specialized skills. Understanding how a wind turbine operates could be helpful when applying to a wind energy firm.

Target your region's green companies. The business section of the newspaper or online news site can indicate who is expanding or who just signed a solar energy contract. Stay abreast of industry trends. When you get an interview, speak the solar language. The U.S. Department of Energy and their National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are good resources for accurate renewable energy information.

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