How do I get a renewable energy industry job?

I have a technical background and I want to know how I get an ultimate job in the renewable energy industry? Ian P. Agoura Hills, California

Ian, The most frequent questions I receive are how to use clean energy in my home and how to find a job in the clean energy industry. Obviously, regional interests, prior job experience, educational and training background, and salary requirements all play into the job search but there are some common actions required, no matter what the job. To understand general market trends and get lists of companies, you should log on to the different industry association web sites (see suggested list below). Some of these industry groups have state or regional chapters composed of their local businesses, who manufacture, assemble, install or service systems in the chapter’s state. So for instance, for SEIA or ASES – www.ases.org — click on their State Chapters under ‘membership’. Meet companies at local trade shows and seminars. You can learn if they are growing and need people, and, if they do, what kind of positions and requirements they need. I am not a believer in sending blind resumes, so I suggest personal interactions and maybe an internship if possible. Working with some related clean energy non-profits, where you get a chance to personally meet clean energy industry leaders and practitioners, is also a good start. Read magazines or web newsletters to learn of companies and their needs. Scott Biofuels: http://www.EthanolRFA.org Biopower and products: http://www.newuses.org Combined heat and power: http://uschpa.admgt.com/ Fuel cells: http://www.usfcc.com Geothermal: http://www.geo-energy.org Hydropower: http://www.hydro.org Solar: http://www.seia.org Wind: http://www.awea.org Editor’s Note Visit the RenewableEnergyAccess.com jobs board to find out who is hiring in the renewable energy industry.
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Scott, founder and president of The Stella Group, Ltd., in Washington, DC, is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and serves on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and The Solar Foundation. The Stella Group, Ltd., a strategic marketing and policy firm for clean distributed energy users and companies using renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy, and is an Affiliated Professor of CATIE, the graduate university based in Costa Rica. . On June 19, 2014, Scott Sklar was awarded the prestigious The Charles Greely Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and on April 26, 2014 was awarded the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia.

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