The right skills can put grid workers on the map
Monday, July 02, 2012 Technology
The energy grid is expected to provide quite a few jobs opportunities in the coming months, according to those with knowledge of the sector.
In a recent interview with Fierce Smart Grid, Echelon’s vice president of business development, Jeff Lund said that the quick growth of the electric grid in the United States meant that there were more opportunities for those with certain scientific skills. He added that those who held degrees in engineering and other related subjects would be likely to gain interest from employers.
"The smart grid is a very broad industry with opportunities for students with both technical and business backgrounds," Lund told the news source. "On the technical side, it is important for young engineers to understand more about the nature of the electric grid. The more they understand what 'makes the grid tick,' the better prepared they will be to invent the new technologies needed to make the grid smarter and more efficient."
According to one recent study, those who have the proper skills and experience can expect to make quite a lot of money. A survey of 184 smart grid hiring managers conducted by SmartGridCareers.com and Zpryme found the average salary for an experienced professional in this field is $136,000.
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