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.

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?

Here are some additional facts about a solar energy career, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2012, prepared by the Solar Foundation (

  • Despite a sluggish economy, trade disputes, and political uncertainty, the U.S. solar industry continued its unabated growth in 2012, creating jobs at a faster rate than the overall economy and most other sectors for the third consecutive year.
  • As of September 2012, the solar industry employed 119,016 solar workers. This represents a 13.2% growth in the solar workforce from revised figures for 2011.
  • Of the nearly 14,000 jobs created in 2012, 86% of them are new jobs, rather than existing positions that have added solar responsibilities.

Each time Ecotech Institute holds a graduation ceremony, more trained and job-ready workers enter the solar energy workforce. 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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