Ecotech Institute - College for Renewable Energy and Management
Solar Energy Technology School

Solar Energy Technology
Degree Program

Associate of Applied Science

Careers in Solar Energy

As solar power continues to provide a larger share of our country's (and the world's) energy needs, there will be a growing need for more solar technicians. This includes manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants, solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels, and so on.1

Other solar energy jobs might include repairing solar energy systems or working with architects or engineers as they design and install solar projects.

Popular Solar Job Titles

  • Electrical Technician
  • Solar Installer
  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installer
  • Solar Field Technician
  • Solar Power Engineer
  • Environmental Solutions Service Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Solar Product Developer
  • Solar System Designer
  • Solar Technician

Some technicians concentrate primarily on installing solar panels. Others, especially those at small companies, do everything from sales to planning to wiring. Experienced installers in any size company may advance to lead installer, system designer, sales representative or other positions.

The applied theory and real-world solar training in the Solar Energy Technology associate's degree program at Ecotech Institute is designed to help students develop the needed experience and skills to work in this growing field.

What are your job prospects in solar energy?

Solar energy careers are hot!

According to the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2013(

  • During the period covered by the Census, solar employment grew 10 times faster than the national average employment rate of 1.9 percent—exceeding the growth projections made in the previous year's report.
  • As of November 2013, the solar industry employed 142,698 solar workers. This represents a 19.9 percent growth in the solar workforce from revised figures for 2012.
  • Of the nearly 24,000 jobs created in 2012, 77 percent of them are new jobs, rather than existing positions that have added solar responsibilities.

Ecotech Institute can provide you with the education and training to graduate job-ready for a career in solar energy workforce. Solar employment is expected to grow by 15.6 percent by February 2015, representing the addition of approximately 22,240 new solar workers. Would you like to be one of them?

Take the next step for a brighter future. Fill out the Request More Information form. If you have questions about the Solar Energy Technology program or would like to arrange a campus tour, contact us at 303-586-5290.

1The Solar Foundation, National Solar Jobs Census 2012, released November 14, 2012

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