Are you looking to jump-start a career in the exciting and growing field of bioenergy? The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have developed an innovative Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users of all ages discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. 

According to a recent assessment on the economic impacts of the bioeconomy, within the next 15 years, the United States could generate 1.1 million direct jobs in a wide range of sectors, including farming, plant operations, scientific research, and production and equipment design. To meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in the bioeconomy, BETO is developing tools and activities that improve the growth and competitiveness of the workforce. The Bioenergy Career Map is designed to explore the growing network of bioenergy occupations, illustrate potential career pathways, and identify the education and training required for each career.

Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Bioenergy Career Map profiles over 60 positions that span across the bioenergy supply chain, such as infrastructure; agriculture, life, and physical sciences; engineering and manufacturing; education, communication, and outreach; and operations, management, and business. The positions are further classified by the levels of experience and education necessary for each career. Detailed information, such as years of experience, specific job skills, and a summary profile of how the career is connected to the bioenergy industry, is available for each mapped position.

The Bioenergy Career Map also includes over 100 career pathways that illustrate ways in which an individual in a particular career in bioenergy can transition to a different sector of the industry. The pathways also show possible routes for advancement at any stage in the career. So, start mapping your career today!