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Solar power has been an emerging renewable energy resource for quite some time now. Solar energy produces no air or water pollution whatsoever, and can be converted into two primary forms: heat and electricity. This is a green industry, and all green industries are considered cutting edge now as the number of jobs available in them grows. However, a skill mismatch has led to far more jobs available than there are people qualified to do them, leaving many jobs unfilled. If you have the skills, now is as good a time as any to get one of the solar energy jobs available.

Solar energy jobs vary in experience and type. While the high level positions usually require advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering, you can get into a job in the industry with just a high school education and a bit of additional training. Most renewable energy jobs like the ones in solar energy are middle skill, meaning they require more training than a high school education but not as much as a bachelor's degree. An associate's degree might be all you need to get your foot in the door. However, advanced degrees like a master's or a Ph.D. in a scientific field are needed to move into high-ranking management positions.

The advantage of being in the solar energy industry is that these positions can't be outsourced. The sun is everywhere, so it doesn't make sense to import solar energy. Furthermore, many of these solar energy jobs deal with maintenance or repair, which makes them virtually recession-proof. Colleges and universities are beginning to realize the emergence of the green industry and are developing minors and majors providing students training in this field. In the coming years, it won't be uncommon to run into a college student majoring in solar energy.

There are plenty of solar energy jobs that don't necessarily have anything to do with engineering; in fact, people with construction, business, or IT experience can translate those skills to the solar field. The worldwide market for these jobs is expected to grow as countries look to invest more in renewable energy and lessen their dependence on oil. This makes green industries like biomass, wind energy, and solar power more popular. There's no getting around the fact that this is a fairly technical field, so the wide skill mismatch probably won't go away. However, more people are getting interested in solar energy, so they will seek out the training necessary to be successful in these jobs and progress into management positions.

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