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Solar Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Solar Engineer designs and develops technologies that produce and store energy from solar power.

Job Outlook

There were 115 Solar Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2810 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Solar 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 $88,734.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,357.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Solar Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $75,968.

Education and Experience

Posted Solar 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 Degree9.86%
Bachelor's Degree85.09%
Master's Degree17.12%
Doctoral Degree2.17%
Other2.95%

Posted Solar 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 years24.14%
3 to 5 years43.59%
6 to 8 years19.13%
9+ years13.14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Solar 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 (61.25%)
  • Management (41.46%)
  • Customer Service (33.49%)
  • Operations (26.87%)
  • Coordinating (24.02%)
  • Quality Control (22.67%)
  • Writing (22.49%)
  • Planning (21.99%)
  • Relationship Building (20.6%)
  • Courage (19.75%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Solar Design (19.51%)
  • Solar Engineering (13.63%)
  • PVsyst (16.17%)
  • Project Schedules (24.7%)
  • AutoCAD (27.01%)
  • Engineering Calculations (24.29%)
  • Electrical Engineering (55.31%)
  • ETAP (21.02%)
  • Project Management (42.19%)
  • Photovoltaic Systems (6.95%)
  • Passive Solar Building Design (18.16%)
  • Energy Production (9.74%)
  • Cable Sizing (18.6%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Medium Voltage (19%)
  • Bill Of Materials (10.99%)
  • Design Software (3.05%)
  • SKM (Power System Software) (19.85%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (7.35%)
  • Project Engineering (11.94%)
  • Arc Flash (17.42%)
  • Asset Management (5.55%)
  • Business Development (20.32%)
  • Construction (42.19%)
  • Change Management (11.39%)
  • Constructability (8.09%)
  • Relays (17.42%)
  • Distributed Generation (8.89%)
  • Engineering Design Process (20.21%)
  • Electrical Equipment (19%)
  • Procurement (14.77%)
  • Conceptual Design (10.07%)
  • Feasibility Studies (6.03%)
  • Electrical Systems (4.74%)
  • Engineering Support (3.82%)
  • Due Diligence (10.55%)
  • High Voltage (2.5%)
  • Performance Management (10.36%)
  • Field Service Management (5.51%)
  • Switchgear (17.27%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (4.67%)
  • Fiber Optic Cable (16.13%)
  • Market Research (3.6%)
  • National Electrical Codes (8.6%)
  • Load Flow Analysis (18.08%)
  • Low Voltage (17.27%)
  • Renewable Energy (10.29%)
  • Resource Planning (18.6%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (7.9%)
  • One-Line Diagram (5.88%)
  • Short Circuits (19.59%)
  • Systems Design (16.87%)
  • Submittals (Construction) (6.06%)
  • Risk Analysis (2.61%)
  • Subcontracting (31.72%)
  • Electric Power Systems (7.28%)
  • Process Improvement (7.5%)
  • Network Switches (17.02%)
  • Project Management Life Cycle (7.06%)
  • Project Coordination (9.56%)
  • Proposal Writing (3.82%)
  • Transformers (Electrical) (18.89%)
  • Commissioning (8.67%)
  • Financial Close (3.42%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Solar Application (4.7%)
  • Solar Photovoltaic Design (10.33%)
  • Helioscope (Software) (4.19%)

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.

  • Solar Photovoltaic Design (18.23%)
  • PVsyst (28.55%)
  • Solar Design (34.46%)
  • Solar Engineering (24.08%)
  • Helioscope (Software) (7.4%)
  • ETAP (37.12%)
  • Passive Solar Building Design (32.06%)
  • Cable Sizing (32.84%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Lead Electrical Design Engineer
  • Solar Project Manager
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Solar Design Engineer
  • Solar Electrician
  • PV System Designer
  • PV Designer
  • Multifamily Project Manager
  • Solar Pv Installer

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

United States

  • Black & Veatch (796)
  • Sunrun (207)
  • DNV (122)
  • NextEra Energy (88)
  • GPAC (54)
  • First Solar (45)
  • Kimley-Horn (32)
  • Res Agency (28)
  • Nextracker (28)
  • Hanwha Q Cells America (23)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (79)
  • Cypress Creek Renewables (5)
  • Sunrun (3)
  • Act Power Services (2)
  • Kimley-Horn (2)
  • Blue Ridge Power Agency (2)
  • Emerson Electric (1)
  • Mott MacDonald (1)
  • PCL Construction (1)
  • Russell Tobin (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!