Energy Engineers

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What do they do?

Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.

Also known as:

Distributed Generation Project Manager, Energy Efficiency Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy Manager, Environmental Solutions Engineer, Industrial Energy Engineer, Measurement And Verification Engineer, Project Engineering Director, Resource Efficiency Manager, Test and Balance Engineer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Engineers, All Other in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Engineers, All Other is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #16 in job growth rate
  • 370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (7.2%)
  • Master's degree (27.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (46.5%)
  • Associate's degree (7.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze energy usage data.
  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
  • Monitor industrial energy consumption or management.
  • Direct energy production or management activities.
  • Inspect equipment or systems.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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