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Energize Your Career - Educational Opportunities in Renewables and Efficiency

February 24, 2009 - 4:00am


Energy and persistence alter all things.
-Benjamin Franklin

In recent months, inquiries to the EERE Information Center on energy-related careers are on the rise. Some callers are students seeking information on degrees in energy or training programs to get them started in the field. Others callers are seeking resources to help them switch careers to take advantage of the recent national focus on making the transition to a green economy.

Whichever category best describes you, there are a number of training and degree programs that can help you get the education you need to be successful in the energy field. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) website offers a wealth of information on energy education programs around the country.

Links to vocational training opportunities, including programs relevant to homeowners and builders seeking to educate themselves on energy efficiency, can be found at the EERE's Educational and Professional Development Web page. For those interested in higher education degree programs, check out the links at the Energy Education at Colleges and Universities page.

If you already know the particular sector of the energy field that you're interested in, you can head straight to a site devoted to connecting you with the education you'll need in your future career.

Can't take your eyes off the sun and want to hook up every rooftop in America to that power? Consider the Solar Energy Technologies Program's Learning About PV section.

Love the feel of the wind in your hair and want to translate that feeling into raw power? Click on over to the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program's Wind Energy Educational Programs page.

Have a passion for insulation that you can't wait to share with the world? Consider the Weatherization Training Centers available through the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program and help your community reduce its energy usage by increasing its efficiency.

Or maybe you already have the education you need. In that case, you can check out the information on the clean energy jobs available through EERE.

If you're not yet ready to start a degree or training program, but are still interested in an energy-related career, you may want to attend one of the webcasts, conferences, or workshops listed at the EERE Events page. Any one of these events could provide a great opportunity to get your feet wet in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Whatever direction your aspirations take you, a career in the field of energy can positively affect your world, your community and your home.