|Quick Facts: Solar Photovoltaic Installers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$37,900 per year
$18.22 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||4,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||24% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||1,200|
Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, often called PV installers, assemble, install, or maintain solar panel systems on roofs or other structures.
Although most PV installation is done outdoors, installers sometimes work in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. Installers also must travel to job sites. Most work full time during regular business hours, but some are required to be on call for emergencies, including evenings and weekends.
Although some installers need only a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training lasting up to 1 year, most candidates receive training at a technical school or community college. These 2-year programs offer entry-level courses or may be part of an apprenticeship program.
The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,900 in May 2012.
Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The rapid expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly for those with electrician experience.
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