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Solar Photovoltaic Installers

What do they do?

Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.

Also known as:

Apprentice, Installer, Journeyman Electrician PV Installer, Lead Installer, Photovoltaic Installer (PV Installer), PV Design and Installation Technician, PV Design Engineer, PV Installer Tech, Solar Designer/Installer, Solar Installation Helper, Solar Installer, Solar Installer PV, Solar Installer Technician, Solar Photovoltaic Installer (Solar PV Installer), Solar Tech, Solar Technician

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Solar Photovoltaic Installers in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Solar Photovoltaic Installers is projected to grow 104 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 104.4%

    Percent Change

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  • 3,000

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.1%)
  • Associate's degree (7.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (39.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (24.1%)

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Colleges that Prepare

Colleges with the most graduates that become Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Install solar energy systems.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
  • Determine construction project layouts.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 23.3 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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