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Energy Manager
With energy costs on the rise, many companies and organizations are looking to Energy Managers to help them be smarter about their energy use. Energy Managers analyze an organization's energy use (including "peak times", or the times of day when the most amount of energy is being used) and help a company develop new, cost effective ways to be more energy efficient. In companies or organizations where renewable sources of energy are in place, the Energy Manager is also responsible for monitoring the energy output of those systems and reporting on its financial benefits. Working with a team, you will find ways to be as cost efficient as possible when it comes to your organization's energy use. If you've got an eye for detail and you love saving money and energy, then maybe this is the job for you!
Your responsibilities may include analyzing your organization's energy costs, developing energy efficiency programs, assessing renewable energy outputs, and developing cost effective ways to meet your organization's energy needs. You may also be expected to write detailed reports on your organization's energy use (including strategies to improve on it), as well as feasibility reports, which analyze new potential energy projects (like installing solar panels or replacing a lighting system) and determine whether they will be financially beneficial.

Understanding: energy efficiency and LEED principles, renewable energy sources, energy costs in the region, electrical and mechanical equipment (operations and maintenance), and power transmission principles.

Skills: mathematics, communication, technical language understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making.

A college degree in Energy Systems Engineering/Technology, or a related field is required in most cases, although a Licensed Electrician with a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation may also qualify. Useful courses include mathematics, economics, business, technology arts, and English.

Relationships: You may be managing a small team and communicating with various other departments in your organization.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working in an office but may be required to do on-site monitoring and surveying.

$45,000-$60,000
Sustainable Architect (LEED AP)
Are you passionate about building design and committed to a more sustainable future? Sustainable architecture is the perfect marriage of these two exciting areas. As an architect, you have creative control over which technologies get included in building design. Want a green roof? Want solar heating? You can make it happen!
As a sustainable architect, you must have a firm grasp of building codes and regulations. You will design plans for new buildings and older building retrofits that incorporate LEED principles (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and develop the construction plans that will make them a reality. You may specialize in a particular type of building or phase of development.

Understanding: LEED and energy efficiency principles, efficient and sustainable resource use

Skills: design principles, attention to detail, communication, computers, English, report writing, research

A university degree in architecture is necessary, though additional qualifications may be necessary. Most sustainable architects are LEED APs (LEED Accredited Professionals) certified by the Green Building Certification Institute or through The Canada Green Building Council. You will also have to register with a provincial association in order to work as an architect. Useful courses include technological arts, mathematics, English, sociology, philosophy, art, physics, and chemistry.

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.

$60,000-$100,000

Software Developer
Our world is getting increasingly tech-savvy, and green collar industries are no exception! The energy produced from solar installations, wind farms and geothermal plants all needs to be monitored, and someone has to design the software to make sense of all that data. Green software programs can help businesses monitor their renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall energy use. With this “smart data,” companies can make better decisions on how to be more energy efficient. If you like working with computers, thrive on developing systems and want to be on the cutting edge of renewable energy IT, a career as a software developer would put you right in the thick of it!
Software developers are needed for all areas of energy management, including monitoring renewable energy sources, and tracking energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. You may also play a role in green products manufacturing, or introducing green online services. Working with engineers and researchers, you will be responsible for writing the computer codes that make up a software program or application, or updating the code for existing applications.

Understanding: energy efficiency and power transmission principles, energy management, computer programming languages and applications.

Skills: critical thinking, decision-making, analysis, and technical knowledge.

A university degree in Computer Science is necessary, and specialization in various computer programming languages and applications (eg. Linux, Java etc.) would also useful. Computer science, mathematics, industrial arts and technology, and business are all useful courses.

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.

$50,000-$80,000

Computer programmer, IT specialist, software engineer, energy manager, energy auditor, sustainability manager

LEED Consultant
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally-recognized green building certification that measures efficiency in green design and construction. LEED recognizes achievements in areas such as water efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainable building materials. Some LEED consultants work alongside sustainable architects, others are hired by homeowners or organizations to ensure that the architects and contractors are making good on their green promises. As organizations and homeowners continue to demand more environmentally responsible building choices and smarter designs, LEED consultants will become more and more in demand.
LEED consultants advise on all aspects of a building’s LEED certification process. You will make recommendations and assist with the design and implementation of LEED principles. At times, you may make presentations on LEED certification or perform a LEED rating analysis on a building. You will also be responsible for preparing the necessary paperwork for certification.

Understanding: energy efficiency and design principles.

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, organization, English, research, report writing, communication, analysis, and attention to detail.

University degrees in architecture, engineering, or construction sciences are desirable, but experience in construction or trades is highly recommended. LEED accreditation through the Canada Green Building Council is highly recommended.

Relationships: You will be interacting with a variety of people such as contractors, construction managers, building inspectors, architects, and industry professionals.

Atmosphere: Travel between an office, construction site, permit offices, and various other agencies will be required.

$85,000 on average
Electrical Engineer
Jason Osmann
Your creativity, technical savvy and keen sense of innovation are put to the test in this rapidly growing career. These skills will help you design and install electrical equipment used for power generation or transmission. Electrical engineers are key players in both the wind and solar industry, and will be in great demand as those fields expand and evolve.
Your responsibilities may vary depending on whether you specialize in solar, wind or another field. Generally speaking, you will develop, install, test and maintain electrical connections, prepare plans for projects, and oversee project development. You may also be asked to conduct feasibility reports and field assessments.

Understanding: knowledge of energy generation and transmission principles, knowledge of renewable alternatives to traditional energy sources.

Skills: attention to detail, communication, project management, computers, technical understanding.

A university degree in Electrical Engineering is necessary, though a combination of additional education and experience is preferred. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, computers, data management, and earth sciences are all useful courses, most of which are mandatory.

Relationships: You may work with or oversee other engineers and/or technicians; you may be communicating with outside consultants and other professionals.

Atmosphere: Working both on-site and in an office environment, either for a private company or government.

$70,000-$85,000