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Alternative Energy Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the development of alternative energy products, such as biofuels or the development and installation of large alternative energy projects such as wind power sites. Recommends use of renewable or alternative energy sources such as solar panels to help companies reduce energy consumption.

Job Outlook

There were 163 Alternative Energy Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4790 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Alternative Energy Manager industry, which includes the Alternative Energy Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Alternative Energy Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,639.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $74,375.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Alternative Energy Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $61,359.

Education and Experience

Posted Alternative Energy Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree54%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other18%

Posted Alternative Energy Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31%
3 to 5 years47%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years11%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Alternative Energy Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Planning (21%)
  • Microsoft Excel (20%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (18%)
  • Microsoft Office (16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (37%)
  • Renewable Energy (30%)
  • Budgeting (28%)
  • Solar Energy (19%)
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (9%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (19%)
  • Sales (12%)
  • Project Planning and Development Skills (12%)
  • Business Development (12%)
  • Construction Management (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Solar Sales (5%)
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (4%)
  • Project Finance (4%)
  • Wind Power (3%)
  • Solar Installation (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Solar Sales (5%) – marginal value $14,743

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Alternative Energy Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Installation Subcontractor
  • Solar Project Manager
  • Project Manager - Global Renewable Energy
  • Director, Renewable Energy Permitting
  • Marketing Manager Renewable Energy

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Alternative Energy Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ecoplexus Incorporated (257)
  • Black & Veatch (206)
  • Nelnet (140)
  • Looper Marketing (131)
  • Tetra Tech (62)

North Carolina

  • Ecoplexus Incorporated (14)
  • Southern Energy Management (6)
  • Watson Electrical (5)
  • Black & Veatch (4)
  • Pine Gate Renewables (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!