Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians


Overview

Introduction

Solar thermal installers and technicians install and repair solar energy systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. These systems are designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water. Technicians use their knowledge of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and control systems for testing and identifying problems with the installation and operation of solar thermal systems. Approximately 250,000 Americans work in the solar energy industry, according to the National Solar Jobs Census.

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Median Salary

$67,560

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Apprenticeship


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Experience

Two or more years experience


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Solar thermal installers and technicians employed in July 2020 earned salaries that ranged from $42,418 to $71,547 or more, according to SalaryExpert.com. Chicago, Illinois, paid the highest wages to installers and technicians, with the average salary of $62,157. The Department of Labor does not have information in solar thermal installers and technicians, but it provides data on miscellaneous ...

Work Environment

Solar thermal installers and technicians usually work outdoors in all types of weather. They work full-time hours, typically 40 hours per week. They work on rooftops of houses and buildings. Sometimes they are installing solar devices and components in tight spaces. The job is physically demanding and requires attention to safety procedures. They wear protective clothing and gear to prevent inj...

Outlook

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a decline in solar industry growth in 2020. The industry is expected to rebound, however, once the economy stabilizes and the pandemic comes to an end. Solar thermal installers and technicians will continue to find good employment opportunities in the coming years. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, "solar energy in the United States is boo...

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