As Hurricane Sandy’s cleanup rolls on, the folks at smartgridnews.com point out that there’s actually a reasonable amount of hiring going on right now when it comes to the grid. It’s no secret that the grid is due for some serious updating, but most importantly utilities really need help managing all of the digital data they’re getting as well as managing the hardware networks that are powering the smartgrid.
Among the job listings being seen are those for smartgrid cybersecurity compliance, test analysts and general engineers. These are highly skilled jobs and these hires will be sought after, especially those who can help out with compliance since utilities will have to meet standards from public utility commissions and the federal government, ranging from privacy to security.
But even if you’re just able to do power line installation and repair, pretty critical right now in the Northeast, you’d take home about 58K in a job sector expected to grow at 13 percent annually. All that for a job that only requires a high school degree.