CLEAN ENERGY INDUSTRY JOB TYPES

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GREEN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Green Design and Construction is the practice of planning, designing, building, renovating, and maintaining structures using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Green building limits environmental impacts by conserving as much energy and water as possible by using recycled or renewable materials and "green" techniques and practices.

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ENGINEERING & RESEARCH

Engineering is the practical application of science, math, and technology to design and implement solutions for material, structural, mechanical, systematic, process, device, and safety issues. Engineering is the design, commercialization, and use of process and products that minimize pollution, promote sustainability, and protect human health.

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MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY CHAIN

Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of products using processes that minimizes pollution, waste, and emissions, while conserving energy and natural resources.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING

Business Development is the pursuit and cultivation of strategic partnerships, commercial relationships, new markets, and sustainability practices. Within the clean energy industry, business development teams often collaborate with marketing and sales teams to maximize profits while minimizing environmental impacts, and and expand market share of renewable energy sources. Marketing and Sales is the focus on planning and implementing marketing policies and programs through brand development, advertising, promotions, public relations, sales calls. Other tasks include customer interaction, overseeing product development and services, and determining demand and pricing.

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POLICY & GOVERNMENT

Understand policies, laws, and regulations around the clean energy industry in order to make more environmentally-friendly decisions, products, and solutions to issues. Be aware of and implement new sustainability techniques, technologies, and solutions to reduce negative environmental impact.

Exploring a growing industry and connecting to local opportunities

“Clean energy employment has increased by 83.8 percent since MassCEC began tracking clean energy jobs in 2010; this translates to almost 50,500 new clean energy workers over nine years. The Massachusetts workforce has the second highest percentage of clean energy workers in the United States, with clean energy jobs accounting for about 3.1 percent of Massachusetts employment in 2018.” 2018 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report

Clean and renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines, solar panels and biofuels, are increasingly familiar to all of us. Likewise, when it comes to energy conservation and efficiency, the materials, technology and services available to us are constantly improving. Here in Massachusetts, the clean energy industry is more important than ever, as we strive to meet the growing energy demands of consumers through sustainable methods.

But what career opportunities are there locally, for those with an interest in clean energy and the environment? To give you an idea of the jobs available, we’ve divided them into types, provided a list of example jobs across varying levels of education and experience for each type, and connected those example jobs with education & training opportunities currently offered in Massachusetts.