Careers

engineers at wind farm

The country’s aging energy infrastructure and the development of new technologies are driving major changes in the energy industry. This trend is sparking growth in the number and variety of jobs in this area of engineering.

A Growing Field

The ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydropower and others — is fueling a rise in energy infrastructure jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) listed wind turbine service technician as the fastest growing occupation in the country, with a growth rate of 61% between 2019 and 2029.

Benefits of an Advanced Degree

Earning your engineering master’s degree can lead to more and better job opportunities and career advancement. A BLS article about solar power employment noted that “because of the complexity of some systems, a significant number of [solar industry] jobs require a master's or doctoral degree. Engineers are expected to complete continuing education and keep up with rapidly changing technology.”

Diverse Roles

Professionals with a specialization in energy disciplines can fill a wide variety of jobs. These can include:

  • Energy analyst
  • Construction manager
  • Energy project manager
  • Plant manager
  • Facility planner
  • Project engineering director
  • Design engineer
  • Facilities manager