Careers & Education
The Center provides detailed information about careers, occupations, and apprenticeships in the energy industry.
View our College Programs directory for energy related educational programs in our 5-state region.
Search our Jobs & Employers directory for a list of employers and energy jobs in the Northwest.
Get detailed information about dozens of Careers and occupations in the energy industry.
View a directory of energy related College Programs in our region.
Technical Colleges & Career Programs
Career and technical programs can help you get the job you want.
Career and technical programs vary widely in subject, length, cost, and other aspects, but they have one thing in common: an emphasis on training for a specific career, such as lineworker, energy consultant, power plant technician, and many more.
There are many career and technical education options, including programs at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Whatever you choose to do, the new Washington College Grant is helping more students pay for college or training than ever before. Before selecting a program, you’ll want to do your homework:
1. Learn more about fields you are interested in.
- Visit the Washington Career Bridge website to explore career clusters and take a quiz to connect your interests with potential careers.
- Once you know what jobs you might like, use the College and Career Compass to find related training programs and connect with a campus.
- Speak with local employers about work opportunities. See if you can shadow someone on the job.
2. Research any schools or programs you are considering.
- Get the details of admissions requirements and transfer policies. For private career schools, look into their reputation and licensure status.
- Find out how the school helps students pay for their education. Talk to the campus financial aid office about state and federal financial aid opportunities.
3. Plan your future.
Despite the uncertainty caused by COVID, it’s important to make goals for life after high school. Explore your options and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
Energy Careers Websites
- Careers in Hydropower
- Careers in Wind Energy
- Department of Energy
- Energy Central
- Get Into Energy
- Northwest Public Power Administration
- Society of Women Engineers
- Think Energy Group Job Search
Apprenticeship is a required training program for most journey-level positions, a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level worker or trade professional.