Explore Careers in Clean Energy
We’ve gathered data and insights on dozens of careers in the clean energy industry. From entry-level positions to managers and operators, our career database includes pay scale, education requirements, training and education opportunities, and information on what the career is like day-to-day.
Clean energy workers
in Washington State
Education programs in Washington
to prepare the future workforce
Washington is the top U.S. producer of electricity from hydroelectric sources and accounted for 28% of the nation’s annual utility-scale hydroelectricity generation in 2018. Hydroelectric power typically accounts for more than two-thirds of Washington’s electricity generation. In 2018, hydropower accounted for 69% of the state’s net generation. (Source: eia.gov)
Washington’s first utility-scale (greater than one-megawatt) wind project came online in 2001, and development of Washington’s wind resources, particularly along the Columbia Gorge, has continued. More than 1,700 wind turbines with about 3,100 megawatts of capacity make wind power the second-largest contributor to the state’s renewable generation. (Source: eia.gov)
Only a small amount of electricity is generated from solar energy in Washington. However, the state’s first utility-scale solar PV project came online in 2018, and a 180-megawatt solar farm is scheduled to come online in 2020 on the site of the state’s last coal mine, which closed in 2006. (Source: eia.gov)
Washington benefits from access to abundant low-cost energy, and Washington’s significant renewable energy resources, especially hydroelectric power, are a major contributor to the state’s economy. (Source: eia.gov) Delivering that energy to the end user is the task of our distribution network.
All clean energy careers
Whether you’re interested in a career in Washington’s powerful hydroelectric field, seek opportunities in wind power, would rather lead the charge in solar or deliver reliable power across the region in distribution, we’ve made it easy to explore clean energy careers. Click a category tag to view related careers, or view the complete list below.