1. You can make green in the green industry.
And that's pretty awesome, right? You may make the world a little better and earn approximately $37,900 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Of course, pay always depends on experience, job location and the current economy. But the BLS states the top ten percent earns closer to $58,000 per year. Cha-ching.
2. You're going to need skills – a very particular set of skills.
You won't need to go all Liam Neeson on anyone, but those years of tinkering with electronics and deconstructing your parents' computer are going to pay off. You're going to need mechanical skills and must enjoy working with complex electrical and mechanical equipment. Other skill requirements to be a solar panel installer include safety knowledge, basic math skills and physical strength and stamina.
3. There are jobs.
You've heard your high school buddies have moved back in with mom and dad, even though they paid a ton of money for a college diploma. The job market is tough for everyone, but here's a tiny peek into the future of solar energy: cheaper alternative energy options and booming public interest means Team Solar is recruiting like crazy. Plus, there are many types of jobs to fill, which means opportunity and growth for you. Because of new technologies and improved installation methods, Average Joe may not make the cut. Solar energy education and training will give you the upper hand
4. You won't be popping Vitamin D pills.
Turns out, Vitamin D in pill form is really unnecessary when you're out in the fresh air and sunshine every day. Working in solar energy means you can ditch the desk, the glaring computer screen, the finicky air conditioning and the boss standing over your shoulder. Sounds pretty great, right?
5. Your career experiences will take you places – maybe even the future.
Heard of Solar Roadways? Co-founder Scott Brusaw is making a childhood dream of electric roads and electric cars come to life. With funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways is currently building a solar parking lot prototype, with the hopes of eventually building roadways entirely made of solar panels. Welcome to the future. With your solar panel installation experience, you'll have the skills to work on out-of-this-world projects like this one. Plus, you may even get to travel the country working on residential or commercial installations like Ecotech Institute graduate Brandon Donnelly.
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