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Careers in Energy

Have you considered an energy career?

Most careers in energy are better paid than the same careers in other industries. And many do not require a college degree. With a high school diploma and four to five years of on-the job training with an employer, you can have a solid career without the college debt.

Which energy career is right for you? There are options in four broad areas, covering a variety of skill and education levels.

Engineering Careers

An engineer is someone who likes to solve problems. They can help make the nation's electricity usage more efficient and more reliant on clean fuels. Now that's a real difference!

Installation and Repair Careers

Installers and repairers are essential to the energy industry. They install, inspect, test, and repair electrical or mechanical equipment. These careers are also well-paying. Powerline installers and electrical and electronics repairers are among the top 10 best paying blue-collar careers in the United States, and among the top 20 in Minnesota.

Production Careers

Production workers in energy are mostly employed in power plants, often combining the duties of operators and technicians. Due to their high technical skills and union contracts, these workers can earn double the salary of what their counterparts in other industries earn. For example, the median salary for production workers in Minnesota is $15.30 an hour while the median salary of workers in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution is $30.08 an hour.

Construction Careers

Since saving energy is as important as generating energy from scratch, all careers involved in energy-efficient construction and building operations belong to the energy sector. Some construction workers, like plumbers and pipelayers, can be employed in utilities as well as in commercial and residential building retrofitting.