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On the grid: Careers in energy

The electric power industry has opportunities for people with varied educational backgrounds—and many of the jobs pay well. Find out if these high-voltage careers might spark your interest.

Electricity is the fuel that powers the modern lifestyle. It eases the burden of daily chores and enhances our enjoyment of leisure activities. In business, electricity is critical to every aspect of manufacturing goods, providing services, and communicating with customers. And the development of new technology and products powered by electricity ensures continued demand into the future.

This article gives an overview of the industry. Then, it covers the job duties and other information about the employment, outlook, wages, and training for workers in electric power generation and distribution: line workers, operators and dispatchers, and technicians. The article also includes additional details to help you decide whether you’d like to work in the industry, followed by suggestions for where to find more information about energy careers. A box on page 38, “Renewable energy jobs: Green power,” explains a fast-growing segment of the industry.

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Last Updated: January 15, 2009