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Alternative Energy Manager

Career Area: Planning and Analysis

Occupation Group: Energy and Sustainability Specialists

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Alternative Energy Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $74,709

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $75,708

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the development of alternative energy products, such as biofuels or the development and installation of large alternative energy projects such as wind power sites. Recommends use of renewable or alternative energy sources such as solar panels to help companies reduce energy consumption.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina165+11.7%
Nationwide5191+8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Alternative Energy Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Workers' Compensation: Workers' compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue their employer for the tort of negligence.
  • Grinders: Experience working with Grinders, often used to finish workpieces that must show high surface quality and high accuracy of shape and dimension.
  • Speed Square: A Speed Square (rafter square, rafter angle square, triangle square) is a triangular-shaped, carpenters' marking out tool manufactured and sold by Swanson Tool Co., Inc.
  • Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Alternative Energy Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management: Working experience of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management, which is a particular form of contracting arrangement used in some industries where the EPC Contractor is made responsible for all the activities from design, procurement, construction, to commissioning and handover of the project to the End-User or Owner.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: A photovoltaic system, also PV system or solar power system, is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics.
  • Solar Sales: Working experience of Solar Sales. Knoalge of the Solar Industry and making sales within this context
  • Wind Power: Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Solar Sales: Working experience of Solar Sales. Knoalge of the Solar Industry and making sales within this context

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years35%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years11%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Installation Subcontractor
  • Solar Project Manager
  • Project Manager - Global Renewable Energy
  • Leaffilter Installation Subcontractor
  • Marketing Manager Renewable Energy

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