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With the increase in public investments in renewable energy, clean energy generation, energy efficiency and the Smart Grid, career opportunities in the Energy, Environment, and Utilities industry will continue to grow. In fact, jobs in energy and the environment could triple over the next decade. Energy employers need skilled workers for traditional energy jobs as well as future energy-related positions.

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Is a career in Energy, Environment & Utilities right for you?

The Energy Efficiency & Utilities (EE&U) sector employs technicians in electrical, mechanical, and construction jobs as well as architects, engineers, business managers, sales/marketing professionals, and public policy specialists.

Job opportunities are growing across the entire energy spectrum – electricity and gas – from generating plant to the wall socket or pilot light – with more than 40% of the existing workforce eligible for retirement over the next five years.Do you like to perform, paint, write and/or sculpt?

This sector is generating 15,000 jobs per year in California alone.

Especially strong demand is projected for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians, Electricians, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Utility Workers, Engineers, and a wide range of Business Professionals.

Skills and knowledge gained in EE&U career pathways are easily transferable to other industry sectors, providing long-term financial security

3 Main Points

1. You can make a difference. EE&U career fields offer students the opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions and address global climate change.

2. The challenge is huge. California law requires that fifty percent of the state’s buildings (billions of square feet) consume ZERO ENERGY by the year 2030, a challenge that can be met only by a highly-skilled workforce.

3. Lots of high-wage jobs and career progression opportunities. Growth and change in this sector is expected to drive employment of more than 15,000 new workers statewide ANNUALLY, most of which will be in high-wage jobs, starting at $40,000 and progressing to over $100,000.

Important Skills

 Critical Thinking

 Strong Work Ethic

 Focus on Excellence

 Innovative

 Ability to Communicate with Impact

 Drive for Results

 Teamwork

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