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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

IN-DEPTH: STEM Careers for Women in the Solar Industry

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Gender inequality is not an exclusive problem for the solar industry, of course. Gender issues exist in every sector of the economy and corner of the job market. This is particularly true when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Fortunately, some companies recognize the problem and are now actively recruiting women, which means that now is a great time for women to pursue STEM-related opportunities in solar energy. Solar energy jobs exist in all four STEM fields. Here are just a few examples:

COMPUTER SCIENCE                       

Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists work in solar company (particularly solar plant) IT departments analyzing, troubleshooting and repairing network problems.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operations of local- and wide-area networks to keep solar systems connected to and working with larger power grids.

Software Developers Computer software

Software Developers Computer software is commonly used in the solar energy field in everything from running home solar systems to forecasting weather and sunlight patterns in the assessment of an area’s solar power potential. Median Salary  



Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

Electrical and electronics technicians assist engineers to design electrical equipment for solar panels, inverters and other related devices.

All Engineering Technicians, except drafters. Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electrical and electronics engineers design, develop and test electrical circuitry for solar panels and supporting devices such as inverters and wiring systems.

Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineers in the solar industry focus on designing and improving manufacturing processes for producing solar systems and related equipment.




Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts in the solar field monitor, study and forecast sales and marketing trends for solar systems and equipment to help their companies better allocate resources and plan for the future. Median Salary

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists. Operations Research Analysts A position most likely found with larger, utility-scale solar companies, the operations research analyst applies advanced mathematical and analytical processes to help systems run for efficiently and effectively. Median Salary

Statisticians Statisticians employ statistical models and methods to help resolve problems in both the business and engineering sectors of the solar industry.  


Civil Engineers

Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of photovoltaic solar power plants of all sizes.


Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers design, develop and test new mechanical devices, including the electric generators and pumps used in solar power plants.

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Mechanical engineering technicians assist mechanical engineers in the development, testing and manufacturing of solar panels and other related equipment.  



Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers in the solar industry focus on semiconductors or organic chemistry since both areas are involved in the manufacturing of solar panels.


Environmental Scientists

Environmental scientists are employed in the field of solar energy to develop plans to minimize the potential for damage to fragile ecosystems in places, like the desert, where solar plants are located.

Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists.

Physicists Physicists in the solar industry work to improve solar panel efficiency and discover new materials to use in solar panel generation.



Sources: BLS: Careers in Solar Power; BLS, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook December 2015; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Estimated job growth statistics are for 2014-2024. Statistics are for job titles generally. Not specific to the solar industry.


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