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Green Loan Officer
Tianna
Do you like finding ways to help people save money? As a green loan officer, you can help homeowners secure loans, grants, or reduced mortgage rates for energy-efficient home renovations or renewable energy projects. Many financial institutions and insurance companies are beginning to offer significant financial incentives for energy-efficient retrofits and renewable energy add-ons to the home.
You will need to meet with clients to determine their needs and complete paperwork for the loans. As the requirements for these types of loans vary among institutions, you may be required to have a broad knowledge of energy-efficiency guidelines and other grants, rebates, and programs available to the client depending on their needs.

Understanding: finance, energy efficiency principles, and an understanding of renewable energy technologies and government policies.

Skills: problem solving, decision-making, organization, research, report writing, analysis, computers, communication, English

A university degree in finance, economics, or business is necessary. Additional qualifications may be necessary as determined by the institution.

Relationships: Most communication is done with clients, though as part of a large bank, you may also meet with other loan officers and employees of the institution.

Atmosphere: Your time is spent almost entirely in an office. You may be required to travel to conventions or conferences to maintain skills and connections.

$50,000-$60,000
Green Business Development Manager
Mike Brigham
These days, a career in Business doesn’t have to mean working in a corporate office or as part of a financial institution. Indeed, behind every successful solar company, wind development firm, or innovative eco company is a business-savvy wheeler and dealer soliciting investors and making the big decisions! As going green continues to bring in big economic opportunity, more business-minded people will be needed to drive the industry forward.
As a Business Development Manager, you will be responsible for soliciting investors and developing business strategies to help your company expand. Depending on the size of your company, you may be making presentations to clients and potential investors, managing a sales team or working to develop key partnerships and business leads.

Understanding: knowledge of different renewable energy types and energy markets, knowledge of applicable green energy regulations (eg. the Feed-in-Tariff program)

Skills: communication, decision making, sales, project management, business

A college or university degree is necessary, though a combination of education and experience may be enough. Useful courses include business, marketing, economics, geography, physics, and environmental science.

Relationships: You will likely be working closely with clients, investors, and senior members of your company. You may also be managing a sales team and working with other business partners and consultants.

Atmosphere: You will spend most of your time in an office environment but may be required to travel for meetings or presentations.

$70,000-$95,000
Environmental Economist
Some say you can’t put a price on the environment, but that’s exactly what environmental economists do. While traditional economics focuses solely on profits and financial gains, environmental economics aims to revolutionize our economic system by placing a value on the things that typically don't end up on the corporate bottom line. Some of these new considerations include energy consumption, environmental effects, and social outcomes. Environmental economists consider the hidden cost of production and development, revealing the true gains and losses of all our actions. Examples include: the implication of lost ecosystems, the true cost of disposable items from production to disposal, and the amount of energy and resources it takes to build a home.
You may be required to make recommendations about economic policy instruments (like carbon taxes or trading systems); research local, national, and international markets; perform environmental evaluations, or develop new economic models.

Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental processes and economic principles, including life cycle analysis.

Skills: mathematics, research, analysis, communication, decision-making, organization, critical thinking.

University degrees in business, economics, or resource management are generally the minimum requirement. Courses in mathematics, calculus, economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science are all useful for this career.

Relationships: Working with government officials, other economists, or corporate officers, you will be conducting analyses, assessing costs, and making recommendations on a variety of environmental issues.

Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings. Opportunities may present themselves to also teach the skills and methods you have learned in a university setting.

$50,000-$70,000

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
Environmental Policy Analyst
IESO
Designing new policy to protect the environment is what this dynamic and challenging career is all about. You are responsible for researching how people feel about the environment, what they want to see government do about it, and determining the best course of action. Policy affects many people, so finding a balance can be difficult, but also very rewarding.
You will work mostly with numbers, statistics and other forms of data to analyze trends in social thought and environmental concerns, and suggest or advocate for possible policy solutions. If you work for a government official, you may be responsible for crunching the data and writing brief reports for her or him to present to a committee. Policy Analysts compile all the research and data that make change in policy possible.

Understanding: broad understanding of environmental issues, though specializing in one area may be beneficial

Skills: communication, critical thinking, research, writing, and statistical analysis

A university degree is the minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in economics, law or public policy is an asset. Courses in sociology, political science, mathematics, economics, writing, and international relations are useful.

Relationships: You will be required to develop many different types of relationships, with government officials, businesses, NGOs, and members of the public, among others.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself working at any level of government, for a private company, or a non-governmental organization.

$50,000-$90,000
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
Industrial Design Engineer
Do you like building things? Does the challenge of designing smarter, more efficient, eco-friendly products appeal to you? An industrial design engineer with that kind of drive is needed to steer the future of the manufacturing industry in the right direction. This can mean anything from designing energy efficient light bulbs or biodegradable take-out containers, to inventing solar-powered laptops or robots! If innovation and a technical brain is what you’ve got, then this is the career for you!
You will be responsible for designing and developing products, which may include testing prototypes, coordinating the manufacturing process, managing a small team, and ensuring that your company complies with appropriate manufacturing standards. You may also be responsible for making sure the machines involved in the manufacturing process and the raw materials used to make the product are environmentally-friendly.

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.

A university degree in Engineering is necessary. Additional qualifications are an asset. This position requires at least 5 years experience in engineering. Important courses include sciences, mathematics, English, technical arts, and computers.

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.

$80,000-$150,000

Geothermal Engineer
Geothermal energy is a rapidly expanding and increasingly popular technology for both residential and industrial applications. Geothermal technology takes advantage of the heat that naturally radiates below the earth's surface. Because the temperature underground is always constant, geothermal technology can be used for both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. As a geothermal engineer, you may be exploring new ways to harness and use this exciting technology, or determining the best design, methods and technology for individual installations.
As a geothermal engineer, you will work to develop geothermal technology and drilling techniques, monitor reservoirs and energy fields, use computer models, and diagnose and resolve problems.

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

An engineering degree is necessary, though additional education is preferred. Training and certification is offered by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition. Useful cources include chemistry, geology, physics, mathematics, English, computers, and geography.

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.

$70,000-$85,000
Wind Turbine Technician
Wind turbine technicians can be found high up on platforms inspecting, cleaning, calibrating, repairing, and troubleshooting the various components of a turbine to ensure efficient operation. As this exciting field continues to expand and countries begin to include more and more renewable energy content in their energy mixes, technicians will be in increasingly high demand.
Attention to detail is key here. You will need to be comfortable working in a small team or on your own as you assess the components of wind turbines and write field reports. Your ability to read technical diagrams, schematics, and illustrations will be essential. Problem-solving and technical skills will be important for this position.

Understanding: wind energy technology, electrical engineering, energy efficiency principles.

Skills: report writing, mathematics, attention to detail, problem solving, communication, technical language, computer.

A college degree is important, and an engineering background would be useful. Courses that may be helpful include mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, technological design, machine/manufacturing technology, and English.

Relationships: You will likely work as part of a small team. You may also be communicating with clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working outdoors, on high platforms so you will have to get used to working at heights.

$18-$26/hour
Solar Service Technician
Do you like the challenge of working with new and emerging technology? How about a career in repairing and maintaining solar installations? A career that mixes hands-on work with technical expertise, solar service technicians are part of a progressive field that is growing at an incredible rate.
You will assist with the installation, maintenance, and repair of a solar installation. You must be a licensed or apprenticing electrician and should be familiar with different solar systems (photovoltaic, thermal), and the National Building Code of Canada. The job may require heavy lifting and use of ladders. You are also expected to be aware of applicable health and safety regulations to ensure a safe working environment.

Understanding: solar energy technology, electrical engineering, energy efficiency principles, health and safety regulations.

Skills: mathematics, computers, communication, technical language, problem solving, attention to detail.

You must be a licensed or apprenticing electrician to work as a solar technician. A college degree in Energy Systems Technology is also useful, although years of experience as a solar panel installer may be enough. Courses that may be helpful include mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, and English.

Relationships: You will likely work as part of a small team of installers and contractors. Your work will be supervised by a Master Electrician. You may also be communicating with clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: You will mostly be working outdoors, on rooftops or ladders.

$20-$30/hour
Master Electrician
mathamgri
Master Electricians (ME) have always played a major role in building projects and power generation, but with the rise of the renewable energy industry, MEs have a chance to “green” their electrical expertise and capitalize on the growing demand for clean, green energy. As we transition out of fossil fuel-based energy sources, these tradesmen will be important players in helping to kickstart the new green economy.
Master Electricians manage all aspects of an electrical project, be it a residential solar PV installation, or getting a turbine up and running. Your work may include installing and connecting solar panels, connecting installations to inverters, testing electrical components and ensuring that the wind or solar installation is safely hooked up. You will also need to be able to read PV line drawings (technical diagrams indicating how the panels are hooked up) and blueprints. You will be supervising a small team of installers and solar technicians and will ultimately be responsible for ensuring that all electrical aspects of the job are safely connected, comply with Electrical Safety Authority and regulations and Local Distribution Company (LDC) requirements, and in good working order.

Understanding: solar and wind energy technology, electrical engineering, Ontario Electrical Safety Code, building code regulations, health and safety regulations.

Skills: mathematics, computers, communication, technical language, problem solving, attention to detail.

In order to qualify for a Master Electrician license, you must have 3 years of experience as an electrician, an engineer or an engineering technician. You must also pass a qualifying exam administered by the Electrical Safety Authority, who offers a preparatory training course.

Relationships: You will be overseeing a small team of installers and electrical contractors. You may also be communicating with engineers, clients or suppliers.

Atmosphere: Your work will include both indoor and outdoor work (which may include being on rooftops or ladders) and may involve some heavy lifting. You should also be comfortable dealing with electrical hazards, as you will face the risk of electrical shock.

$50,000-$70,000
Environmental Construction Project Manager
Do you work well under pressure? Can you handle tight deadlines? Are you a born leader? This career requires all those skills and more. You will coordinate all aspects of a major environmental construction project. You will have many responsibilities, including managing other people and reporting to general contractors or senior managers.
Following at least 10 years of experience and education, you will be prepared to oversee a small team of workers. Your responsibilities may include staffing, coordinating other workers and contractors, consulting with senior staff, and project planning. You will be involved at many levels of the project, so multi-tasking skills are a must.

Understanding: health and safety standards; general understanding of environmental concerns, though specialized education may be beneficial; LEED certification an asset, though strong knowledge of energy efficiency and green building principles may suffice.

Skills: interpersonal, communication, computer skills, writing, leadership, project management, attention to detail.

A degree in structural engineering, architecture, or construction sciences is desired, though sufficient experience may be acceptable. Useful courses include mathematics, economics, physics, chemistry, technology, and business.

Relationships: As a crucial member of a team, you will both supervise staff and work with other projects leads, such as consultants, municipal officials, and contractors.

Atmosphere: Generally outdoors, though travel may likely be required depending on the location of the job site.

$55,000-$75,000
Math, Organized, Tech Arts
Energy Auditor
Greensaver
Are you tired of walking past empty buildings with their lights still on, and do you see each drafty old building as an opportunity for energy savings? As an energy auditor, you are asked to review energy-inefficient areas in homes and businesses and suggest improvements for energy saving. As environmental awareness spreads, expectations about environmental responsibility will also grow. The public is demanding higher standards and better practices, and you could be the person who makes it happen.
You will investigate and evaluate energy use within a home or facility to determine changes that can be made to improve efficiency. Using cool diagnostic tools (like blower doors or thermal imaging), you will identify poorly insulated areas and leakages, assess the efficiency of HVAC systems, and make reccommendations for energy-conserving retrofits. Your reports will often be implemented by an energy retrofitter.

Understanding: energy-saving practices, familiarity with HVAC systems and building sciences, understanding of LEED principles an asset.

Skills: report writing, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, mathematics, materials and technical language knowledge.

A Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) licence is offered by some colleges and various service organizations. The course includes a 5-day workshop, a practicum and a Natural Resources Canada exam. A background in engineering, HVAC, or construction is also handy. Useful courses include mathematics, physics, chemistry, technology, computers, and English.

Relationships: You will work closely with energy retrofitters, clients (who may be home owners), business representatives, or government employees.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself working for a consulting firm or NGO, a government office, or any other number of other organizations. Your work will take you to a variety of sites including homes, businesses, schools, government buildings, institutions, and manufacturing facilities.

$40,000+ (may increase if commission is part of compensation)
Analytical, Hands-on, Math, Tech Arts

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