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Career Resources — Energy

Industry Overview

The energy industry can be organized into three distinct divisions: energy sources, forms of energy (electricity and heat), and end uses of energy (transportation, lighting, space conditioning, industrial processes and agricultural needs). These categories can be separated into its leading sectors. These sectors include fossil fuels, water, wind, solar, geothermal, and nuclear sources.   There are many jobs common to all sectors but the number one job in the energy industry is engineer.  Each sector needs engineers and often many different kinds of engineers.        


Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself for success. What you can find:

  • Background 
  • Structure
  • Outlook
  • Resources and Professional Associations
  • Related: Professions, Industries and Companies

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O*Net provides students with comprehensive information about jobs within the different industries. For the Energy industry, required skills include:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a guide to career, training information, labor market and salaries.

  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Mathematics
  • Analyzing data
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis

Further Education

Most entry level positions in the energy industry require a bachelor’s degree.  Master’s and doctoral degree programs are also available in this field. There are various education and employment opportunities for students, for more information visit the Education Portal and Mn Energy Careers