Solar Energy Jobs

Solar energy markets are booming in the United States due to falling photovoltaic (PV) prices, strong consumer demand, available financing, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities. Being employed in solar energy combines two opportunities into one job: helping the environment while working in a hands-on, in-the-field career.

Types of Solar Energy Employment

There is a growing need for more solar technicians, including manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants and solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels.

Other solar energy jobs might include repairing solar energy systems or working with architects or engineers as they design and install solar projects. Some solar energy technicians concentrate primarily on installing solar panels while those at small companies may 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.

Here is a partial list of job titles our solar energy technology graduates have earned:

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

Watch Sustainable Designs LLC, a company founded by Ecotech Institute graduate Todd Valdez, complete a two-day residential solar power installation. It may look easy in this time-lapse video, but these are solar panel installers working in a job field that requires specialized training.