Understanding: LEED and energy efficiency principles, efficient and sustainable resource use
Skills: design principles, attention to detail, communication, computers, English, report writing, research
Relationships: You will be working closely with a variety of professionals such as other architects and building contractors, government agencies, and consultants. You will also be communicating frequently with clients.
Atmosphere: Office work and on site assessments are a regular part of the job. You will also be making presentations to clients, which may require some travel.
Understanding: energy efficiency and power transmission principles, energy management, computer programming languages and applications.
Skills: critical thinking, decision-making, analysis, and technical knowledge.
Relationships: You may be working as part of a small team and have regular meetings with engineers and researchers to assess their needs.
Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office.
Understanding: energy efficiency and thermodynamics principles, climate change, mechanical or electrical engineering.
Skills: innovation, report writing, technical knowledge, computers, mathematics, English, communication, attention to detail, analysis.
Relationships: Working as part of a team, you will be in communication with other researchers, interested stakeholders, clients, and colleagues.
Atmosphere: You may find yourself in a lab, in an office, or in the field. Your employer may be the government, a private company, or a university.
Understanding: life cycle analysis, air quality, pollution prevention, sustainable design, energy efficiency.
Skills: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, technical programs, organization, English, management, report writing, research, communication, analysis, attention to detail.
Relationships: You will manage or work with a team and should be able to communicate your creative ideas effectively. You may also be interacting with suppliers and clients. Atmosphere: You will work indoors, splitting your time between the office and a lab or factory.
Understanding: energy efficiency principles, thermodynamics, pollution reduction, climate change
Skills: problem solving, organization, critical thinking, innovation, report writing, technical knowledge, complex tools, computers, mathematics, English, communication, attention to detail, analysis
Relationships: Daily interaction with technicians and technologists, as well as other engineers, will be necessary. Some meetings with energy policy planners may occur.
Atmosphere: You will often be working out in the field, taking measurements and ensuring operations are running smoothly.
Understanding: Research, communication, technical language, computer, report writing, attention to detail, mathematics.
Skills: Climate change, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, biological and chemical processes.
Relationships: You will work mainly with other scientists, engineers, educators, and professionals.
Atmosphere: You will likely spend most of your time in a lab, though at times you may be presenting your findings at conferences or universities. You may find yourself working for private agencies, governments, engineering firms, or universities.
Understanding: fuel economy and emissions, transmission and engine systems, vehicle dynamics.
Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, report writing, computers, analysis, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Relationships: As part of a team, you will be reporting to a supervisor and communicating with other engineers and researchers. As you advance, you may make presentations to potential clients, become a supervisor yourself, or manage the design of an entire project.
Atmosphere: You may be working in a laboratory, out in the field, or in a manufacturing plant.