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Renewable Energy Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Renewable Energy Engineer develops engineering and systems for energy produced from renewable sources such as solar energy, wind energy and hydropower.

Job Outlook

There were 36 Renewable Energy Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1092 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Energy Engineer industry, which includes the Renewable Energy Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Renewable Energy Engineer 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 $98,758.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $98,758.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Renewable Energy Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $85,570.

Education and Experience

Posted Renewable Energy Engineer 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 Degree0.92%
Bachelor's Degree70.24%
Master's Degree29.4%
Doctoral Degree3.94%
Other2.38%

Posted Renewable Energy Engineer 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 years16.53%
3 to 5 years35.81%
6 to 8 years13.89%
9+ years33.77%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Renewable Energy Engineer 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 (44.6%)
  • Operations (37.45%)
  • Writing (32.51%)
  • Planning (30.59%)
  • Research (25.64%)
  • Coordinating (23.72%)
  • Management (23.08%)
  • Leadership (21.7%)
  • Problem Solving (18.04%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (16.21%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Computer-Aided Design (18.89%)
  • Business Development (18.8%)
  • Electrical Engineering (49.71%)
  • Fuel Cells (15.17%)
  • Project Management (47.61%)
  • Renewable Energy (44.47%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • PVsyst (8.68%)
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D (7.54%)
  • Renewable Energy Systems (6.01%)
  • AutoCAD (14.98%)
  • Program Development (15.08%)
  • Project Engineering (18.03%)
  • Project Implementation (14.41%)
  • Thought Leadership (16.13%)
  • Business Modeling (14.98%)
  • Civil Engineering (9.64%)
  • Data Analysis (4.29%)
  • Control Systems (8.02%)
  • Business Process Modeling (15.08%)
  • Construction (15.55%)
  • Business Software (14.89%)
  • Distributed Generation (9.54%)
  • Electronic Engineering (15.17%)
  • Engineering Design Process (17.27%)
  • ETAP (10.69%)
  • Transmission (6.68%)
  • Procurement (12.02%)
  • Construction Management (8.02%)
  • Financial Modeling (16.7%)
  • Feasibility Studies (7.25%)
  • Electrical Systems (9.16%)
  • High Voltage (3.82%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (7.92%)
  • Financial Planning (15.08%)
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (9.83%)
  • Load Flow Analysis (7.73%)
  • Power System Simulator For Engineering (6.2%)
  • Real-Time Operating Systems (5.25%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (7.92%)
  • Short Circuits (8.02%)
  • Systems Design (4.87%)
  • Market Trend (15.36%)
  • Public Utility (6.2%)
  • Programming Languages (5.92%)
  • Electric Power Systems (15.74%)
  • Electric Vehicles (16.13%)
  • Commissioning (4.29%)
  • Quantitative Analysis (14.98%)

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.

  • Electrical Engineering (84.17%)
  • Business Development (31.83%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Intern
  • Renewable Energy Manager
  • Renewable Energy Development Manager
  • Engineer
  • Site Operator
  • Controls Engineer
  • Field Engineer

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 Renewable Energy Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (162)
  • Black & Veatch (67)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (47)
  • Sargent & Lundy (35)
  • Tetra Tech (24)
  • Actalent (22)
  • RWE (18)
  • Invenergy (16)
  • WSP Global (16)
  • Thinkbac Consulting (15)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (6)
  • CDM Smith (6)
  • HDR (4)
  • Ramboll (3)
  • Duke Energy (2)
  • Delta Oaks Group (2)
  • Job Juncture (2)
  • Belcan (1)
  • Thinkbac Consulting (1)
  • Sargent & Lundy (1)