Dream Job
01/21/14: Jennifer Alldredge

Green Career: Energy Management Software Engineer

Do you know someone looking for a "Smart" career? Find out about Energy Management Software Engineers; it's a smart move in more ways than one.

Today, everyone seems to hear the word “smart”- smart city, smart cars, smart TVs, and smart phones. You may have also heard about the smart grid. “Smart grid” refers to a class of digital technology that is used to supply electricity to consumers using smart energy management software. The software is essential to smart grid deployment because it keeps track of certain zones of a building, and controls the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) to improve energy efficiency. Opower and Clean Urban Energy are well-known providers of web-based software designed to improve energy efficiency for commercial or residential buildings.

Energy management software engineers not only design programs and applications, but also install, test, and operate new software. It is a highly creative and technical job. Utility companies are hiring an increasing number of energy management software engineers to help their customers realize new opportunities to reduce their energy cost and consumption. Good software engineers are creative people who love working with computers, and who enjoy collaborating with other engineers to resolve technical issues.

To become a software engineer, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering is required. There's a lot of math and science needed to complete the degree. Internship experience is recommended while pursuing this degree, so it's essential to develop contacts with software engineers. An average salary for a software engineer is $71K per year.  However, the salaries vary depending on education, experience, and skill level.

As computer networking continues to grow, the demand for software engineers will increase. Climate change also increases the need for energy efficient management. If you are interested in computer technology and energy efficiency, be the one who is the expert on energy management software.  You have the Power to Save.