Careers in the Green Economy

Jumpstart your green career! Let the Clean Energy Resource Teams help you find where you belong in this booming economy.

Career Story Spotlight

Angeline Quilt works as a home energy auditor for CEE. A home energy auditor is a professional who visits and assesses the energy efficiency of homes and buildings. In each assessment, the auditor talks with homeowners and performs an inspection of the home. This includes examining heating and cooling systems, insulation, windows, doors, and appliances. This allows the auditor to work with the homeowners on identifying ways to enhance energy efficiency and decrease utility costs.

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Why Work in the Green Economy?

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Clean energy workers in MN

Over 72% of the clean energy workforce in MN is the energy efficiency sector.

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Clean energy jobs in Greater MN

Over 21,000 clean energy jobs are in Greater Minnesota.

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Faster growth than MN’s overall economy

Recently there was a 3.4% growth in clean energy jobs.

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Career paths

Think beyond solar and environmental roles, green careers also include research, marketing, trading, and so much more.

Imani Mosher“This moment is unreal. There’s so much funding and so many important conversations happening around clean energy.”

Imani Mosher, West Central CERT Coordinator

Where You Could Work

The green economy extends to nearly every sector. Find where you belong!

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Classrooms

Teachers, professors, and school leaders are busy preparing the next generation of green workers, consumers, and citizens. 

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Government

Planners, regulators, and elected officials are developing laws, policies, and guidelines that impact the green economy.   

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Outdoors

Many green professionals spend their time outside installing green infrastructure, working with the land, or reducing waste and processing recyclable materials.

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Your Community

Community organizers, advocates, and outreach workers are assisting community members with access resources and programs that support a health home and environment.

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Private Sector

People involved with private businesses are developing, selling, installing, and maintaining clean energy products and green services.

Gary Olsen“We can’t get enough students in for the job prospects out there. Chances are, they will climb the ladder and get to a top pay scale in a short amount of time.”

Gary Olsen, Wind Instructor with Minnesota West Community & Technical College

How to Get Started

Whether you're starting your career or starting over on a new path, we gathered resources from trusted organizations to help you move forward like assessments, resume tips, degree and certificate listings, and more.

Fastest Growing Careers in Clean Energy

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineers, scientists, technicians, and installers are the fastest growing careers. 

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Wind turbine service technicians

45% projected growth by 2032
Wind turbine service technicians maintain and repair wind turbines, generally outdoors, in confined spaces, and often at great heights. A postsecondary nondegree award and on-the-job training is typically needed. 

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Data Scientist

35% projected growth by 2032
Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data. Data scientists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related field to enter the occupation. Some employers require or prefer that applicants have a master’s or doctoral degree.

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Solar PV Installers

22% projected growth by 2032
Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers assemble, set up, and maintain rooftop or other systems that convert sunlight into energy. Although installers typically need a high school diploma, some take courses at a technical school or community college. Installers typically receive on-the-job training lasting up to 1 year.