Energy Consultants


Overview

Introduction

Energy consultants provide expertise and advice to businesses and other organizations on a wide range of energy issues such as plant construction and management, renewable energy, and compliance with local, state, and federal laws such as the Energy Policy Act.

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Median Salary

$105,190

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Organized

Earnings

Many energy consultants work for management consulting firms. Management consultants who worked for management, scientific, and technical consulting services firms had mean annual earnings of $105,190 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent of all consultants earned less than $48,360, and 10 percent earned $152,760 or more.Those in the petroleum and coal production i...

Work Environment

A typical day for an energy consultant involves a combination of time in his or her home office and time visiting clients’ offices or field sites (such as wind farms, oil rigs, or coal mines). Consultants typically work long hours. Most consultants work more than 40 hours per week. If a project is close to its deadline, consultants sometimes work 14- to 16-hour days, and six- or seven-day workw...

Outlook

Employment for management consultants (including energy consultants) is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2028, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), or much faster than the average for all careers. The job outlook varies by industry sector. Here are predictions for some common employment sectors for energy consultants:

  • engineering and architectu...

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