Energy Jobs Key Terms
Terms you need to know if you're considering a future in the energy industryThe world's energy appetite is huge, and its appetite just keeps growing. As industrialized countries move forward, and as former third world countries become more industrialized, there is no more precious resource in the world than energy.
Choosing a career in one of the energy industries can be a wise and strategic move. Before you begin your job search, however, you should familiarize yourself with some energy industry job terms. Here are six terms to get you started:
Renewable energy engineer
Oregon Institute of Technology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in renewable energy engineering.
Biofuel chemistBiofuels is another arm of the energy industry that has gained momentum in recent years. Biofuel chemists specialize in converting biological material, usually in the form of plant life such as corn and switchgrass, into fuel.
Solar power installerThe earth is bombarded with vast amounts of solar energy every day. Solar power systems turn the sun's power into electricity; solar power installers are the ones who install individual systems for businesses and individuals.
Hydropower engineerHydropower has been around for some time, but recent advances have made it a more reliable and widely-used energy source than ever before. Using dams to harness the energy in moving water, hydropower provides about 10% of the electricity in the United States today. Hydropower engineers design turbines and make sure the turbines are functioning correctly.
Reservoir petrophysicistA reservoir petrophysicist studies oil-bearing rock formations in order to determine the likely extent and quality of oil reservoirs. Oil companies use this information when planning drilling projects and oil rig placement.
Bureau of Economic Geology goes into great depth regarding the activities and role of reservoir petrophysicists.
APIThe API, or American Petroleum Association, is the largest petroleum trade association in the United States. Its membership includes representatives from every facet of the petroleum production and distribution industry, from exploration to refinement to marketing. If you're looking for a job in the field, it's a good place to start.
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