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. One study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the role of wind turbine technician was the fastest growing occupation in the country, projected to rise 108 percent between now and 2024.

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

Engineers 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