Career Guidance

Explore the resources below for guidance on choosing a career in the energy efficiency and buildings workforce. Career pathways take many forms depending on the position and sector you choose. The following resources can help you navigate the multitude of careers that exist in energy management and identify a pathway to obtain a position and succeed.

All Career Levels

The resources in this section apply regardless of career level or include materials for all career levels.

Advanced Commercial Buildings Energy Management Competency Model CareerOneStop
This model provides a clear layout of what core competencies are required for a career in advanced commercial buildings, with detailed breakdowns of occupation-specific requirements for: Building Commissioning Professional, Building Operations Professional, Energy Auditor, and Energy Manager.

Green Building Career Map Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
This interactive map explores an industry exploding with job opportunities across four major sectors of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, charting over 300 advancement routes between those occupations and identifying the necessary credentials for each. IREC has also created similar maps for other energy fields:

Green Building Career Profiles U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
A breakdown of different green building career profiles provided by the U.S. Green Building Council. View 18 different green building career profilesthat highlights pay, entry level education, number of jobs and growth, pathways to the role, and how the role interacts with a LEED Project.

Green Career Finder U.S. Department of Labor
A resource to help students explore various green career pathways. The page has 12 different sectors listed, that each link to a separate page which lists out all the different green careers within the sector, along with descriptions of each job and the level of education required.

O*NET Online U.S. Department of Labor
A search engine that you can use to explore different career paths based on a variety of criteria. You can search by keyword, career cluster or field, job family, STEM classification, if it has a bright outlook in regard to anticipated rapid growth, the industry, or even by the amount of preparation required. 

Student

The following resources provide career guidance to students choosing a career in energy efficiency and the building trades.

ASHRAE Student Zone ASHRAE
A general landing page for all ASHRAE student related resources such as information on: competitions, scholarships & grants, student branches, K-12 activities, membership & meetings, educational resources, student news, and the student store.

ACE Mentor Program Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE)
General information and registration for the Ace Mentor Program, which is open to any high school student interested in learning about a career in design or construction. After enrolling in the program students will be placed in a group with peer mentees and practicing industry professionals as their mentors, who will not only describe their work but also immerse the mentees in projects.

Careers in the Real Estate Industry Careers Building Communities
Landing page for Career Building Communities, which offers a quiz to help identify careers best suited for the user based on their skillset. Explore the careers, take the quiz, discover the careers avilable. 

Clean Energy Careers Video Series Slipstream
This video series follows people in a variety of careers who are making buildings and communities more efficient and sustainable while they explain the career pathways for students and secondary education opportunities to take the next step.

Residential Building Industry Career Paths Home Builders Institute (HPI)
Certification programs, pre-apprenticeship training, and placement services provided by Home Builders Institute (HBI) to prepare students and other individuals for careers in the building and building technology industry.

USGBC Student Resources U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
A landing page with an overview of all the USGBC has to offer students interested in the field along with links to networking, education, and certification resources. Information on the page also highlights how to create an account and profile on usgbc.org, and links to different discounted USGBC products. 

What's it like to be an HVAC Installer or Technician? GreenTech Media (GTM)
This GTM series asks people in cleantech to share what their jobs are like. Hear from professionals in these fields share their first-hand experience as HVAC professionals.

Early Career

The following resources provide career guidance to emerging professionals choosing a career in energy efficiency and the building trades. Emerging professionals include people with a formalized education, little to no on-the-job training, and/or little to no experience.

2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report provides a unique window on the people who meet the nation’s energy needs and identifies important trends and skillsets for the 21st Century energy workforce. You can read state-specific energy employment data from the report here.

A Renewable America Jobs Tour American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
ACORE's A Renewable America (ARA) Jobs Tour has traveled around the country spotlighting renewable job creation and other economic benefits of the growing U.S. solar and wind industries. Watch video highlights from the ARA Jobs Tour and read more about individual events, which have garnered more than 300 press clips, by clicking through the pages under “View Past Events” and "View Video Archive".

Apprenticeship Resource Guide for Southern California Emerald Cities Collaborative
This Apprenticeship Resource Guide provides Los Angeles residents with an introduction to union apprenticeship programs, eligibility requirements, and wage information to make decisions about entry into a high-skill career in the construction trades.

Building Performance Career Map Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST)
BEST features The Careers in Climate Control Technology map that explores an industry exploding with job opportunities in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technologies (HVAC/R), describing diverse occupations across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the sorts of credentials necessary to do them well.

Careers in the Real Estate Industry Careers Building Communities
Landing page for Career Building Communities, which offers a quiz to help identify careers best suited for the user based on their skillset. Explore the careers, take the quiz, discover the careers avilable. 

Green Careers with High Projected Job Growth Business Insider
This article from Business Insider highlights careers that each play a different role in 'saving the planet' while also providing job security. Each of the listed jobs is projected to have higher than average job growth by 2026.

Map a Career in Clean Energy U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Several interactive maps that show the type of positions and career progressions within the bioenergy, fuell cell, wind, and solar industries.

Residential Building Industry Career Paths Home Builders Institute (HPI)
Certification programs, pre-apprenticeship training, and placement services provided by Home Builders Institute (HBI) to prepare students and other individuals for careers in the building and building technology industry.

What's it like to be an HVAC Installer or Technician GreenTech Media (GTM)
This GTM series asks people in cleantech to share what their jobs are like. Hear from professionals in these fields share their first hand experience as an HVAC professional.

Mid-Career

The following resources provide career guidance to experienced professionals choosing a career in energy efficiency and the building trades. Experienced professionals include people with a formalized education, foundational credentials, and/or 3+ years of experience in their profession.

2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report provides a unique window on the people who meet the nation’s energy needs and identifies important trends and skillsets for the 21st Century energy workforce. You can read state-specific energy employment data from the report here.

A Renewable America Jobs Tour American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
ACORE's A Renewable America (ARA) Jobs Tour has traveled around the country spotlighting renewable job creation and other economic benefits of the growing U.S. solar and wind industries. Watch video highlights from the ARA Jobs Tour and read more about individual events, which have garnered more than 300 press clips, by clicking through the pages under “View Past Events” and "View Video Archive".

Apprenticeship Resource Guide for Southern California Emerald Cities Collaborative
This Apprenticeship Resource Guide provides Los Angeles residents with an introduction to union apprenticeship programs, eligibility requirements, and wage information to make decisions about entry into a high-skill career in the construction trades.

Building Performance Career Map Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST)
BEST features The Careers in Climate Control Technology map that explores an industry exploding with job opportunities in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technologies (HVAC/R), describing diverse occupations across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the sorts of credentials necessary to do them well.

Green Careers with High Projected Job Growth Business Insider
This article from Business Insider highlights careers that each play a different role in 'saving the planet' while also providing job security. Each of the listed jobs is projected to have higher than average job growth by 2026.

Map a Career in Clean Energy U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Several interactive maps that show the type of positions and career progressions within the bioenergy, fuell cell, wind, and solar industries.


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