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Are you interested in next-generation power generation? Do you like using science and math to solve problems? The energy field might be a place for you to shine. 

Career Pathways

The energy field has three career pathways:

  • Design: Individuals who design power plants or energy transmission systems.
  • Installation and Maintenance: Individuals who install and maintain electrical transmission lines or equipment.
  • Management: Individuals who manage power plants.  

Meta-Major: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Are you interested in a career in energy but not sure what you want to do? Check out the STEM meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as energy. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Education-Career-Income Connection 

Energy offers a range of careers with varying education requirements and income levels.  

Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
Solar Photovoltaic Installer $42,680 Fuel Cell Engineer $87,370
Electrician $55,190 Electrical Engineer $96,640
Electrical Drafter $60,070 Wind Energy Engineer $96,980
Fuel Cell Technicians $63,200 Energy Engineer $96,980
Electrical Engineering Technologist $63,200 Biomass Power Plant Operator $103,380
Electrical Power-Line Installer $70,910 Hydroelectric Production Manager $103,380
Nuclear Technicians $79,140 Geothermal Production Manager $103,380
Power Plant Operator $79,610 Nuclear Engineer $107,600