Green-collar jobs are as competitive as ever and in a young industry, previous experience is invaluable. With modest training, many jobs in the solar industry can mean a decent level of income as well. In 2009 alone, there were 17,000 new solar jobs created in the United States. There are numerous types of positions and levels of expertise needed, many of which can be learned at organizations and training centers across the country. The following are 4 job types in a high demand:
- Engineers: There is a constant need for engineers in the solar industry to build and create more efficient and effective equipment to serve consumers. Qualified engineers help to develop new solutions in the changing technological environment. Through proper engineering, solar power has become more economical than ever.
- Solar designers: Many solar panels need to be individually designed based on different customer desire and implementation needs. A home solar designer, for example, is involved in the process of developing the solar electric system to meet customer requirements like positioning, available space, energy-use, and financing.
- Installers: The installers are the people who actually install the solar panels. Whether on a roof, or using mounting equipment, the installer must be well trained in solar installation. They also must be fairly localized to reach the market demand because they are required to be on the installation site. The solar installers also help with maintenance of solar equipment when necessary.
- Customer Service Representatives: Consumers and businesses looking to use solar energy require a high level of attention. Customer service employees are needed to answer various initial questions that a potential costumer might have. They are also important in explaining to the customer the value of using solar power. From installation to maintenance, the customer service representative is often the initial and primary contact for solar businesses.