Job Listings in Research and Development, and Higher Education
The links on this page jump to a variety of energy-related employers. They include public institutions doing research in energy as well as private-sector companies in energy-related services, such as consulting firms and utilities.
Jobs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For jobs in the Energy Technology Area, search for Environmental Energy Tech under the Division category: Job Listings
Jobs in Energy Efficiency Research and Development
Research in energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, the smart grid, and related topics is expanding. We have listed just a few of the centers for this kind of research. Some of these centers are hiring.
- University of California Berkeley — Energy and Resources Group
- Florida Solar Energy Center — Jobs
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory — Jobs
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — Jobs
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory — Jobs
- University of California Davis Energy Efficiency Center — Jobs
- University of California Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Energy-Efficiency-Related Consulting Companies
The following are a limited listing of companies working in the energy efficiency sector:
- BKi — Jobs
- Cadmus — Careers
- ICF International — Careers
- KEMA — Careers
- Navigant Consulting — Careers
- Summit Energy — Careers
Federal, State, and Local Government
Most states have agencies or commissions that regulate energy utilities. We have listed only a sampling of them here. You can look up many of them by visiting the Utility Connection.
- Federal Government
- State Government
- California Air Resources Board — Jobs
- California Energy Commission — Jobs
- California Public Utilities Commission — Jobs
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
- American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy — Jobs
- Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program — Careers
- Consortium for Energy Efficiency — CEE Jobs (lists jobs outside of the Consortium as well)
Other Job Websites
Buildings and Energy Industries
Search for jobs related to energy efficiency in many of the commercial career websites.
Energy service companies help private companies, facilities, institutions and industrial facilities become more energy efficient by auditing their buildings, recommending efficiency improvements, and managing the implementation of those improvements.
Energy auditors provide audit services to a variety of clients, including homes and businesses, and suggest energy efficiency improvements.
The Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Its members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and nonprofit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.
On behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Institute for Energy and Environment has prepared a brief list of programs and services offered by organizations for improving the capabilities of individuals in the field of energy efficiency evaluation.
The National Association of Energy Service Companies is a national trade association which has been promoting the benefits of the widespread use of energy efficiency for years.
Find out more about what energy service companies do.
Jobs (lists jobs around the United States)
Northern California Area Resources R&D, Higher Education, State and Local Government
Utilities are increasingly offering energy efficiency programs, serving as the front line in the effort to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources.
Northern California utilities include:
These programs are free and designed for adults facing barriers to employment.
- The Oakland Green Jobs Corps provides long-term job-readiness training, ongoing support services, college credit and on-the-job training in solar, energy efficiency and green construction.
- Cypress Mandela Construction Training (510) 208–7350
- Richmond Build offers a 10-week construction training program solar installation and energy efficiency for Richmond residents.
- Richmond Build (510) 307-8034
- In partnership with Richmond Build, Solar Richmond provides trainees with five weeks of solar panel and solar thermal training to Richmond residents.
- Solar Richmond (510) 307-8014
- The Rising Sun Energy Center provides two energy efficiency training and employment programs; California Youth Energy Services (CYES) and Green Energy Training Services (GETS).
- Rising Sun Energy Center (510) 665-1501
Reports on Labor and Training Needs in Energy Efficiency
Recent reports describe anticipated energy efficiency workforce and training needs, and which occupations are likely to experience a growth in demand. Here are links to some examples:
"Rising Above the Gathering Storm" published by the National Academy of Sciences.
"In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas. This congressionally requested report by a pre-eminent committee makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology efforts on meeting the nation's needs, especially in the area of clean, affordable energy."
Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California
David Roland-Holst, UC Berkeley
"Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California" analyses the economic impact of the California Air Resources Board's policies to reduce fossil fuel generated energy demand. This study examines the economy-wide employment effects of the state's landmark efficiency policies over the last thirty-five years, and forecasts the economic effects of significantly more aggressive policies proposed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
In the process of addressing climate change, the United States could net 4.5 million jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields by 2030, according to a new study. The report, "Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling Climate Change," was prepared for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) by Management Information Services Inc. It finds that an estimated 1.2 billion tons of annual carbon emissions could be eliminated by 2030 through renewable energy and energy efficiency alone, if the country makes a serious commitment to reversing climate change.
According to the report, about 57% of the reduction in carbon emissions would be from energy efficiency and 43% would be from renewable energy. Professions that would gain the most jobs include farming, construction, professional services, trucking, and metal fabrication, with job benefits spread across the entire country.