Renewable Energy.

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Overview

Increased concern about climate change along with advances in technology, lower costs of production and government incentives have resulted in a surge of internships and entry level positions in clean energy. Areas include: wind, solar, and geothermal production; fuel cell technology; energy efficiency and sustainability; atmospheric and climate science; habitat and wildlife impacts; geographic mapping; energy markets, pricing and investments; and regulatory compliance. Opportunities can be found in nonprofit organizations, all levels of government, corporations and consulting firms. Employers are looking for individuals with strong quantitative and analytical skills combined with technical or scientific expertise.

Salary Info

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:

  • 2016 Median Salary (Environmental Scientists and Specialists): $68,910

Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level employees. Check out Glassdoor and Salary.com to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.

Organizations and Alumni

Every year more Bowdoin alumni enter the field and are a great resource for current students. Here is a representative sample of companies and organizations:

*Represents alumni connection

Solar / Wind Companies
Energy Financing / Investment
Government
Energy Analytics / Technology
Consulting
Utility
Nonprofit

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