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Celebrating Careers in Energy Week
EEI is proud to join the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) in celebrating the 10th annual Careers in Energy Week, which will be observed from October 19 to 23 this year. Careers in Energy Week was created by CEWD to recognize and raise awareness of energy careers and their importance to the nation. 

By celebrating Careers in Energy Week, CEWD, its member companies, and State Energy Workforce Consortia work to help customers and communities understand the vital role of energy companies in the economy and the exciting, rewarding opportunities they offer in a range of diverse careers. Visit CEWD’s website to find upcoming energy career events and resources.

EEI and its member companies believe now is a great time to join the electric power industry, which is responsible for more than 7 million American jobs, equivalent to about five percent of all jobs in the United States. The industry also plays a vital part in maintaining a robust economy, contributing $880 billion annually to the U.S. GDP, or five percent of the total GDP. From supporting new skills training to STEM education to resources for veterans, women, youth, and adults, the industry is creating long-term solutions and driving employment for a skilled, diverse workforce. 

Jobs in the electric power industry provide more than just good pay and benefits – they offer a long, fulfilling career path. On average, employees work in the industry for more than 15 years, in careers that support their families and anchor them in their communities. 

Learn more about some of the different types of energy careers available in the electric power industry:

Electrical/Power Engineer: Engineers are an essential part of the energy industry. They design and implement cleaner, more efficient ways to generate, transmit, and use electricity. Learn more.

Lineworker: Lineworkers build and maintain the energy grid and stand ready to make emergency repairs to ensure that customers have access to the safe and reliable energy they need to stay connected and to power their lives. Learn more.

Plant Operator: Plant operators are responsible for keeping power plants running safely and efficiently. They are in charge of operating, controlling, and monitoring the equipment that generates electricity. Learn more.

Utility Technician: Utility technicians can include a variety of different job titles, including electricians, substation mechanics, and meter technicians. These workers install equipment, monitor equipment performance, troubleshoot problems, and repair equipment. Learn more.​