Renewable Energy Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Develops engineering and systems for energy produced from renewable sources such as solar energy, wind energy and hydropower.
There were 8 Renewable Energy Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 389 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $90,952.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,842.
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 $82,088.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||24%|
|3 to 5 years||53%|
|6 to 8 years||14%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (56%)
- Writing (26%)
- Microsoft Excel (25%)
- Problem Solving (23%)
- Research (23%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Renewable Energy (100%)
- Project Management (48%)
- Project Planning and Development Skills (36%)
- Commissioning (23%)
- Business Development (23%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (20%)
- HVAC (17%)
- Procurement (15%)
- Storage Systems (15%)
- Project Design (15%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Energy Reduction (7%)
- Energy Services (7%)
- Biomass (6%)
- Energy Industry (6%)
- Power Generation (6%)
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.
- Natural Gas (5%) – marginal value $1,843
- Engineering Analysis (3%) – marginal value $1,840
- Power Generation (6%) – marginal value $1,694
- Electric Vehicle (1%) – marginal value $1,551
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Renewable Energy Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Energy Engineer
- Project Manager - Energy
- Senior Renewable Development Engineer - Energy
- Renewable Energy Engineer - Senior-Level
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.
- Energy Engineer
- Solar Engineer
- Energy Analyst / Auditor
- Energy Efficiency Specialist
- Wind Energy Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Renewable Energy Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Sargent & Lundy (23)
- Burns & McDonnell (21)
- AECOM Technology Corporation (10)
- The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (8)
- Coffman Engineers (8)
- Burns & McDonnell (3)
- Abt Associates (1)
- Dominion Energy Incorporated (1)
- Duke Energy Corporation (1)
- University of North Carolina (1)
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!