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17-2199.11 - Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

Sample of reported job titles: Consulting Engineer, Distributed Energy Systems Consultant, Energy Systems Laboratory Director, Engineering Vice President, Field Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Renewable Energy Division Manager, Research Engineer, Solar Engineer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems, using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review specifications and recommend engineering or manufacturing changes to achieve solar design objectives. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform computer simulation of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test or evaluate photovoltaic (PV) cells or modules. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform thermal, stress, or cost reduction analyses for solar systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Abrasion testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ageing ovens — Accelerated weathering machines; Solar simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Picoammeters; Recording ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances — High-precision balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brushless motor DC — Direct current DC power supplies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capacitance meters — Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Colorimeters — Spectrocolorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coulometers — Flow coulometric detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Creep testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical frequency meters — Phase angle meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extruders — Film extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fish tape — Pull testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexure or transverse testing machines — Flexure testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator — Photovoltaic array simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goniometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphic recorders — Current versus voltage IV curve tracers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphics tablets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand held camcorders or video cameras — Video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hipot testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared dryers — Ultraviolet UV exposure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes — Inert atmosphere glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Electron beam evaporators; Vacuum evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bench ovens; Humidity ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators — Vacuum laminators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid chromatographs — Liquid chromatographs LC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Load frame — Load frames See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Megohmmeters — Meggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal testing instruments — Adhesion testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Moisture analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Permeation testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical character recognition systems — Optical scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shakers — Mechanical shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Copy machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Hand calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarimeters — Polarographic analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Data loggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers — Chronopotentiometers; Potentiostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power meters — Apparent power meters; Power quality meters; Reactive power meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistance thermometers — Digital resistance thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rheometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Roughness measuring instruments — Surface profilometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM; Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Scanning probe microscopes SPM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Focused ion beam FIB systems; Ion beam assisted deposition IBAD systems; Ion mills; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor testers — Lifetime testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shear strength testers — Shear testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Digital pattern generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Solar radiation surface observing apparatus — Irradiance detectors; Pyranometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Auger electron spectrometers; Electron energy loss spectrometers; Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers EDS; X-ray photoelectron spectrometers (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Fluorescence spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Thermal cyclers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermogravimetric analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples — Thermopiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Spectroscopic ellipsometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube furnaces — Laboratory tube furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Videoscopes — Digital imaging microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Simulation software; SOLAR-2; SolTrace; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 19 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD LT; Autodesk AutoCAD software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; IMSI Design TurboCAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Mobile location based services software — Global positioning satellite GPS system software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design alternative energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect data about project sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create graphical representations of energy production systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine design criteria or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test green technologies or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze green technology design requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 41% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 38% responded “Contact with others about half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 45% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 52% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 50% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 64% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 57% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 59% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
73   Bachelor's degree
9   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help
5   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $45.31 hourly, $94,240 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 133,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 29,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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