Program & Course Information
What is Alternative Energy?
Renewable energy is a term used to describe energy that is derived from resources, like the sun and the wind — resources that are continually available to some degree or other all over the world. We never run out of them. And their use or capture does not inflict any material damage on the environment.
Careers in Alternative Energy
There are a wide variety of professions available in the renewable energy industry. This fact can make it challenging to find the right professional niche, but it also provides the opportunity for individuals with many different types and degrees of training to get involved with renewable energy.
Jobs in Wind Power
The wind industry employs both professional and skilled workers in a number of different capacities. New wind projects require people with business, meteorological, and engineering experience to plan and build projects.
Jobs in Solar Power
Growth of the solar power industry creates high-wage, skilled jobs throughout the country for individuals with many different types of training. Individuals employed in solar generally have professional degrees in electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering; materials science, and/or physics.
Jobs in Bioenergy
Universities, national laboratories, and industry are working together to find solutions to the difficult problems surrounding the production and use of biomass for energy and products. These efforts require chemists, agricultural specialists, microbiologists, biochemists, and engineers.
Jobs in Geothermal Energy
The geothermal industry employs both skilled workers and those with professional degrees. Developing hot water reservoirs requires geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, hydrologists, reservoir engineers, mud loggers, hydraulic engineers, and drillers to locate, assess, and access the reservoirs. Environmental scientists prepare environmental impact studies, and permit and leasing specialists obtain the land rights