Solar energy jobs in peak demand

The solar industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation—energy storage systems are constantly being added to the electricity grid. This industry offers a tremendous amount of opportunities for workers of all backgrounds. 

Based on our experience recruiting across the country for solar companies and our understanding of where the market is heading, these are the solar positions we expect to be in demand for the foreseeable future.

Sales 

  • Sales/applications engineers bring technical sales and design expertise to support the sale of technical products.
  • Residential salespeople find and close residential solar deals.
  • Outside sales/regional sales managers generally work for companies that produce. batteries, PV modules, inverters, racking, software solutions, and other products.

Project development

  • Project developers are responsible for originating and overseeing the development/sales process for commercial or utility-scale renewable energy projects. 
  • It’s worth noting that for distributed generation, this looks a lot like traditional outside sales, but for community solar or utility-scale development, there are more moving parts in land acquisition, off-take/PPA negotiations, permitting and interconnection.

Project management

  • Site managers or superintendents lead, build, and manage construction.
  • Project managers handle procurement, planning, budgeting, logistics, scheduling, communication, and project delivery.

Engineering

  • Electrical engineers may work on solar system installations or product design, development, and manufacturing.
  • System design engineers combine knowledge of building, electrical, energy, and fire code standards to design and oversee system installation.

Product development

  • Product development engineers develop new designs, materials, and processes informed by their evaluations of product performance and market needs.

Product management directors oversee the planning and development of new product lines using market and competitive analysis.

Energy storage jobs are in peak demand

Many signs point to rapid growth in the energy storage market in the years ahead. In the US and around the world, solar projects and wind farms are producing more energy now than ever before, with no signs of slowing down. Here are a few energy storage jobs in particularly high demand.

Sales

  • Sales engineers identify customers, applications, and markets that are an attractive fit for the company’s products and services.
  • Business development managers originate and manage business relationships, develop deal pipelines, and close new deals.

Engineering

  • Project engineers oversee and coordinate the design, testing, certification, and manufacturing of storage components and systems.
  • Mechanical engineers design, model and develop energy storage systems ranging from flywheels to hydropower storage ponds to batteries.

Project management

  • Project managers lead energy systems design, planning, development, and installation.

Information Technology

  • Software engineers build, test, support, and refine new products and services to manage, monitor, and track energy resources and performance.

Software architects lead project development and design the structure, functionality and behaviors of software systems that run energy storage systems and enable them to report performance and interact with other systems.

Obtaining a renewables job

We all want a high-paying job—and an increasingly popular route is through the renewable energy sector. Here are a few key principles to keep in mind for those who aspire to higher-level (and higher-paying!) renewable energy jobs:

  • Build a base of industry experience.
  • Network with professional organizations.
  • Try something entrepreneurial.
  • Surround yourself with the best.

Read our downloadable PDF on mastering the five stages of the interview process, or check out the full blog post on How to Get a High-Paying Renewables Job.