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Green Career Paths

Learn where your green career might take you in five, 10, or 15 years by viewing career paths in specific green sectors.

The career paths tools below help you discover the types of jobs that exist in the wind, ethanol, residential energy-efficiency, and commercial energy-efficiency industries.

View an industry map to learn about all the careers that exist. Or dig deeper into the specifics of a certain job to research pay, education and training requirements, and skills needed. You can also use the tool to compare two careers to find out how you might move from one job to another within an industry.

Ground Source Heat Career Paths
Also sometimes called "geothermal," ground source heat pumps use the moderate temperatures from inside the earth's surface to warm and cool buildings. Explore the careers in this industry.


Photo courtesy of Summit Mechanical.


Natural Resource Conservation Career Paths
Minnesota has four ecosystems; tall aspen parkland, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, and prairie grassland. Explore careers in natural resource conservation.



Solar Electric Career Paths
Jobs with the solar electric industry in Minnesota exist at almost any skill level, from entry-level laborers installing solar systems, to engineers and scientists who design new solar technologies.



Solar Heating and Cooling Career Paths
A typical solar water heating system in Minnesota can provide up to 75 percent of the total energy required for hot water in a home. Explore careers in the solar heating and cooling industry.

Photo courtesy of District Energy St. Paul.


Wind Career Paths
Minnesota is the fourth largest wind energy producer in America. Learn about what careers exist in wind.



Ethanol Career Paths
Jobs in the renewable fuels industry combine both thinking and doing. Explore careers in the ethanol industry.



Residential Energy Efficiency Career Paths
Energy-efficiency jobs are expected to grow as homeowners try to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. What jobs exist in residential energy efficiency?



Commercial Energy Efficiency Career Paths
Buildings can become more efficient by updating lighting, maintaining mechanical systems, and installing sensors that influence operations. Discover the jobs that support these activities.



Career paths tools for solar energy and geothermal energy are in development and will be added to the website once completed.