Labor Day is a time for Americans to think about this country's workforce and productivity. There is no doubt that the workforce is changing as exciting new technologies come on to the scene.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of clean energy, where new career opportunities in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and deployment, otherwise simply referred to as green jobs, are being bolstered to combat the increasing impacts of climate change.  

The green jobs umbrella is pretty darn big, encompassing a wide range of careers from solar panel installers to workers who make drilling equipment for geothermal wells to mechanics who maintain fleet vehicles that use advanced green fuels. While many of these jobs require highly technical skills, the expanding green economy needs people with a variety of skills from across many different fields of expertise. In fact, nearly any job can be applied to working in the clean energy industry.  

The U.S. Department of Energy is on the front line of fighting the climate crisis by advancing President Biden’s goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through cutting-edge research that will bring clean energy technologies to communities all across America. But we need your help.

We have helped to develop various career maps to help you think about what your career can look like in clean energy. These maps outline information on green jobs in their particular area including the type of work available within a particular field and the level of education employers typically seek. Use this Labor Day holiday to check them out and see if you might have a future as a Clean Energy Champion by pursuing a career in clean energy!