It is an exciting time for students today. Technology has transformed the way we live and learn. With increased online access, students have more exposure to future careers than ever. This opens their minds to new possibilities and helps them get find the right training and education to pursue a career that interests them.
As you work with students, it may help to learn more about the diverse opportunities in the rapidly growing solar industry. Use the links on this page to educate yourself about the clean energy industry and provide resources for your students as they begin their career exploration.
Solar energy is here now as we see more and more solar rooftops and solar fields in all parts of the country. While installers are needed by the thousands to keep up with demand, careers in solar vary greatly. How much do you know about this growing industry? Visit the ‘IREC Solar Career Map‘ to explore more than 40 jobs across four industry sectors to get a picture of the opportunities available at all levels. These featured jobs represent only a fraction of the diverse opportunities in this expanding industry. Students with an interest in engineering, technology, policy and labor may be interested in learning how their skills could be used to help our green economy.
Help students find colleges and universities that have clean energy and sustainability programs or local certificate programs at community colleges. Use these links to find nationwide databases of clean energy training.
Help Students prepare for a career in solar
Once you learn about the opportunities in this exciting field, you may find many students to connect students with this inspiring career path. Learn how other schools are helping students prepare for a career in solar.
Erie Community College – semiconductor certificate and associate degree program in nanotechnology
Ed-Green Ribbon Schools – Preparing graduates for green careers
Solar in Schools program Madison Gas & Electric (Grades 9-12)