Industry Spotlight: Energy Solutions

Industry Summary

Are you interested in developing energy sources that are healthier for the planet? Do you enjoy working outside and building things? A career in Energy Solutions could be the right fit for you! Jobs in Energy Solutions help deliver energy to people’s homes and power our lives. Pursuing a career in Energy Solutions could mean working for a utility company, installing solar panels or working on power lines.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a career in Energy Solutions. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

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Entry-Level Occupations

Entry level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing a career in energy solutions, consider the following roles.

Solar Photovoltaic Installer:

  • Median Salary: $32,540
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 20

Machinists Apprentice:

  • Median Salary: $46,710
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 690

There are short term training programs in St. Louis for all of these roles. 

Salary data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, St. Louis MSA. 2017 data.

Training Programs


Saint Louis Community College- Solar Photovoltaic Installer Program

An 8-week Beginner to advanced level solar training courses that introduce the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic systems. Click here for a full listing of this program.

To search all Energy Solutions training programs listed on Blueprint4Careers,

Next Steps

It is important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your energy solutions career. The recommended RYEC approved programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Architectural & Engineering Managers
  • Electrical Engineers

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • Application Engineering Group
  • Eaglepicher Technologies
  • HNTB

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

If you live or attend school in North St. Louis County- click here

If you live or attend school in South St. Louis County- click here

If you live in St. Louis City- click here

If you live in St. Charles County- click here

If you live in Jefferson County- click here

If you live in Collinsville, Illinois- click here

If you live in East St. Louis- click here