This user-friendly and affordable volume provides a much-needed overview of the careers that are possible in the renewable energy field, the kinds of jobs offered within each, and a mini-summary of the science behind each sector, as well. Associations, organizations, and online resources, including online job sites, are included. Though not as helpful for those already established in their careers wishing to transition into the green economy, it provides solid information for high school or college students to help them envision what kinds of jobs they might be doing in this arena and what courses of study they would need to pursue. Each section includes:
• Brief summary overview of the technology behind the sector (helpful in its own right)
• Training opportunities, schools, and university programs
• Resources, including professional organizations, websites, and publications
Each chapter begins with an introduction to the technology behind the jobs, from solar energy to wind energy, geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen energy & fuel cells, and hydroelectric power and marine energy. It is also gratifying that the authors included green building, energy management, green transportation, and energy education. Missing is a discussion of the non-profit advocacy sector, which would make it more helpful for mid-life career-changers who don’t have backgrounds in science and engineering. Also glaringly absent is the government and policy sector, though since the book is organized around functional job descriptions, one could argue that those could be deployed both in government and non-profit arenas. Missing, too, is the area of training and online education, both growing at a rapid clip.
Disbursed throughout the book are snippets of actual job descriptions, language from real job ads, and college and community college course descriptions, which provide a good a picture of what one needs to get a foot in the door.