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Utilizing renewable energy and sustainable resources will impact our future for generations to come. Hydroelectric, geothermal, and nuclear power are part of the current resources, but what new energy technology might the future hold? Doing more with less will likely be a focus of future research and development. Pollution created by energy and utility use poses a significant challenge for environmentalists and scientists now and in the future. Improving the recycling of waste materials from trash to sewage will offer many employment opportunities in the Energy and Utilities Industry Sector.

Career Pathways

Electromechanical refers to the combining of electrical and mechanical parts in devices such as electric motors, loudspeakers, and adding machines. Students will need to understand energy conversion processes and energy transmission systems, as well as the installation and maintenance of equipment used in this field.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Power Meter Installers/Readers
  • Appliance Repair
  • Utility Technicians
  • Instrument Calibration
  • Major Appliance Designers
  • Electrical Engineers

Individuals preparing for careers in energy and environmental technology will need to develop a working knowledge of related available resources and how the use of these resources and systems impact the environment. Conservation methods including procedures to measure energy efficiency will be important for the future of our nation.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Waste Management
  • Natural Gas, Chemical, Petroleum, and Nuclear Engineers
  • Energy/Environmental Technicians and Engineers

The word “utilities” refers to the set of services associated with electricity, natural gas, water, and sewage. Because these services are expensive to develop, operate, and maintain, utility companies are primarily “public” in governance. However, a growing number of privately owned utilities are emerging. Public utility companies are subject to government control and regulation and employ a large number of people.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Energy Management Technicians/Engineers
  • Utilities Technicians/Engineers
  • Power Grid Engineers
  • Waste Technicians/Engineers
  • Facility Design Engineers
  • Industrial Facilities Technicians/Engineers
  • Gas, Chemical and Nuclear Engineers
  • Utilities Technicians
  • Water Systems Technicians

The Residential and Commercial Energy and Utilities Pathway provides learning opportunities for jobs involved in obtaining, verifying, and maintaining primary financial data and records for the usage of electricity, gas, water, and sewer utilities. Technicians and engineers are needed to develop, operate, and maintain energy and utility systems for homes and businesses.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Solar Technicians/Engineers
  • Electrical Technicians/Engineers
  • Facilities Technicians/Engineers
  • Industrial Maintenance Technicians/Engineers
  • Hvac Technicians/Engineers

Labor Market Information

The information below is just a small sample of the many great employment related resources available on the State of California website www.edd.ca.gov. We encourage you to visit the website and explore the available information.

Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Commercial & Industrial Designers
5,900 6,600 11.9% $36.46 $1,458.40 $6,125.28 $73,503.40
Conservation Scientists
1,000 1,100 10.0% $32.92 $1,316.80 $5,530.56 $66,366.70
Electric Motor, Power tool Repairs
1,600 1,600 0.0% $19.75 $790.00 $3,318.00 $39,816.00
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Tech
23,000 25,300 10.0% $28.31 $1,132.40 $4,756.08 $57,073.00
Electrical Engineers
19,600 20,700 5.6% $45.45 $1,818.00 $7,635.60 $91,627.20
Engineering Technicians
12,000 13,900 15.8% $27.70 $1,108.00 $4,653.60 $55,843.20
Environmental Engineers
4,800 6,000 25.0% $39.69 $1,587.60 $6,667.92 $80,015.00
Environmental Technicians
3,400 4,400 29.4% $23.59 $943.60 $3,963.12 $47,557.40
Geological & Petroleum Engineers
2,200 2,500 13.6% $40.44 $1,617.60 $6,793.92 $81,527.00
Geological & Petroleum Technicians
2,200 2,500 13.6% $40.44 $1,617.60 $6,793.92 $81,527.00
Heating/Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
19,700 22,200 12.7% $22.81 $912.40 $3,832.08 $45,985.00
Home Appliance Repairers
6,200 6,900 11.3% $19.25 $770.00 $3,234.00 $38,808.00
Hydrologists
1,000 1,300 30.0% $38.07 $1,522.80 $6,395.76 $76,749.10
Industrial Engineering Technicians
6,500 8,100 24.6% $27.67 $1,106.80 $4,648.56 $55,782.70
Industrial Engineers
19,400 24,700 27.3% $40.79 $1,631.60 $6,852.72 $82,232.60
Management Analysts
89,100 105,900 18.9% $42.41 $1,696.40 $7,124.88 $85,498.60
Meter Readers, Utilities
5,000 4,700 -6.0% $20.75 $830.00 $3,486.00 $41,832.00
Nuclear Engineers
1,100 1,200 9.1% $48.70 $1,948.00 $8,181.60 $98,179.20
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
0.0% $35.53 $1,421.20 $5,969.04 $71,628.50
Sound Engineering Technicians
4,300 4,900 14.0% $34.23 $1,369.20 $5,750.64 $69,007.70
Water & Liquid Waste Treatment Worker
8,300 9,900 19.3% $25.80 $1,032.00 $4,334.40 $52,012.80