Jobs in Geothermal
Hey there, geothermal community! We hope you had a fabulous Christmas with plenty of green gifts, friends, family, and food! Things have been pretty busy around here, but we figured everyone could use a small dosage of geothermal education this time of year – alas, here we are! Whether you’re an HVAC contractor, a new job seeker, or a curious homeowner, there are plenty of opportunities for you to pursue a job in geothermal heating and cooling. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the different skill-sets sought out by employers in the geothermal industry, as well as the industry’s future potential.
First off, we think it’s important to note that a high percentage of jobs in the geoexchange industry are full-time, long-term opportunities that offer real job security. If you’ve kept up with our blog (and other industry blogs), you’ll know that we’ve only scratched the surface of the potential for geothermal heating and cooling in the United States and Canada. As the demand for more efficient HVAC increases, so does the likelihood that industries like solar power and geothermal heating and cooling will grow. Often times, the best job opportunities arise in these types of situations – when an industry is primed for growth. For geothermal job seekers, there are plenty of indications that that time is fast approaching (if not already here).
So, what types of degrees or trade skills will get you a job with a company that works with some facet of geoexchange? There’s a long list, actually. Mechanics, drilling equipment operators, electricians, HVAC technicians, land surveyors, architects, geology degree holders, etc. Those are just a few. Needless to say, if you really dedicate yourself to learning a trade that’s directly applicable somewhere within the industry, there’s probably a job opportunity for you in geothermal. As is true with any field, it’s all about dedication and perseverance. If you’re really into geothermal technology and passionate about its potential, you’re probably better suited than someone who’s “just looking for a job.” That said, passion isn’t by any means a replacement for outright skills. A combination of the two is optimal.
If you’re interested in becoming a geothermal installer, you should check out the certification training course offered by Heatspring Learning Institute. Furthermore, take your training seriously and become a master of your craft. As a website that points its viewers to only contractors that we know deliver a fairly priced, quality product, we urge all current and future contractors to do so, as well. This is an industry that should be characterized by not only efficiency and savings, but also fair people and long-lasting, quality installations. The former is, in fact, very dependent upon the latter. All parts of the process and (consequently) all of those companies or contractors that carry out these parts play a role in making this a reality.