As long time solar industry practitioners and training providers, ImagineSolar has had numerous conversations with individuals interested in starting a career in solar. Many times, these future solar pros ask a similar question:
How can I get a job in solar?
This is a question that has a lot of answers. Since each individual has their own background, set of skills, and interests, the answer can vary from person to person. However, there is one thing that every solar job seeker should do first… that is to Learn.
The importance of learning about solar
You may possess skills, degrees, or licenses that can be applicable to solar, however there are unique aspects to the solar industry that you might not be familiar with. There are terms, codes, concepts, and best practices that must be understood before you can begin to successfully sell, design, or install solar PV systems. Being informed about the solar industry will help you stand out on job applications, during interviews, and as an employee.
There is a lot to know about in the solar industry and it may seem overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, you do not need to be a complete solar expert to find a job in solar. You just need to start with the basics and move on from there. To begin your solar training, see more about PV201e: Principles of Solar PV System Design & Installation.
Tip 2: Earn a NABCEP PV Associate Credential
After completing our Principles of Solar PV System Design & Installation course, you would be eligible to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. Check out our article on why a NABCEP credential is valuable and what steps you can to take to get one: How to Become a NABCEP PV Associate.
Tip 3: Know where to search for solar job opportunities
Solar training and a NABCEP credential does not guarantee that you will get a job in solar. The search for solar employment also requires initiative and determination. However with steps 1 & 2 completed, you will be more informed, recognized, and confident when speaking with potential employers.
To help you in your search, we have written two additional articles:
- What kinds of jobs are in solar?
- How to find solar job opportunities