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Author

United States Department of Energy

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science and Design Thinking

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Video, 1 minute, 4 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Clean Energy Jobs

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Synopsis
  • This informative resource includes a clean energy job board and provides information about careers in the clean energy field, such as engineers, scientists, program managers, and technology managers.
  • Students will learn about employment within the federal government, especially within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and how those careers create a team of individuals considered to be clean energy champions.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • There are clickable links to articles about renewable energy, sustainable transportation and fuels, and buildings and industry to enhance students' understanding of the need for clean energy jobs. 
  • The job board is presented with links for position titles and offices, so students can learn about the types of jobs available, as well as how the various offices operate.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have prior knowledge of The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy or teachers can have a brief introductory discussion about the information.
  • At the bottom of the webpage, there are several links to related articles.
  • Teachers and students will need Internet access to view the video and click on the various jobs.

Differentiation

  • English teachers may use this resource to have students research clean energy jobs and create objective paragraphs detailing a position description and how to apply for a position. 
  • This is an excellent source for science classrooms and career counselors to provide for high school seniors.  There are a variety of jobs available and seniors can learn about the education and experience requirements needed in a real-world setting.
  • Several of the links at the bottom of the webpage connect to personal narratives of individuals with clean energy jobs, so students can learn about the people doing these jobs.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the U.S. Department of Energy introduces students to clean energy jobs through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Current job postings are listed and a short video describes the wide range of career opportunities in clean energy for candidates of all backgrounds. The stories of "Clean Energy Champions" provide first hand accounts with relatable faces sure to interest students. All text is clear and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
      • RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
      • W.11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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