Wind Energy Operations Managers


Overview

Wind Energy Operations Managers

Introduction

Wind energy operations managers are responsible for managing the operations of wind fields. They make sure wind field equipment and structures are maintained. They supervise wind field workers, ensuring work is performed according to quality standards and safety regulations. They keep records of operations, maintenance, and other work activities. There are approximately 120,000 people in total employed in the wind energy industry, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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Median Salary

$110,630

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Four or more years of work experience


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Organized

Earnings

Wind energy operations managers employed in August 2020 earned salaries that ranged from $52,550 to $143,230, averaging $115,590, according to OwlGuru. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that managers, all other, employed in May 2019 earned a median salary of $110,630. Salaries ranged from $53,380 or less to $191,340 or more.

Benefits for full-time workers include vacation and sick tim...

Work Environment

Wind energy operations managers work indoors and outdoors. They spend some time in offices, using computers to review and create reports and other documentation. They also spend a great deal of time outdoors, overseeing the operations of wind field equipment and systems. They work in all types of weather conditions and wind field sites can often be dusty or muddy. Operations managers wear prote...

Outlook

The wind energy industry is among the fastest growing sectors of the renewable-energy industry, due primarily to its lower production costs. Improvements to and innovations in wind energy technology and equipment have reduced the cost of wind-generated electricity by about 80 percent in the past 20 years; this nearly matches the cost of electricity generated by conventional sources such as coal...

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