“This tool explores an expanding universe of solar-energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well.”
Dr. Sarah White, Senior Associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), and IREC’s lead for this project
The Solar Career Map explores the many job opportunities available in the solar industry. Developed by IREC in its capacity as the National Administrator of DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network, the tool is intended for use by instructors, policy-makers and job seekers.
The interactive online career map displays three dozen solar occupations in four sectors: component production, system design, sales & marketing, and installation/operations. This visual roadmap includes occupational information, skills and competencies, education and training pathways. A team of national experts selected the 36 illustrative occupations to map. Not every job in the map is exclusively or even primarily a solar job. But each one requires some training in solar-specific skills. And each one is in some way essential to building a robust, high-quality, solar industry.
There are many possible career routes within and across solar sectors for workers seeking advancement or new opportunities. By mapping a broad spectrum of careers across the solar industry, the solar career map prompts instructors, policy-makers, and job-seekers to consider a wide variety of occupations accessible to workers with a wide variety of skill and experience.