5 Top In-Demand Energy Jobs in 2014

An engineering geologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides an example of how clues from pre-historic and historic floods can help predict future flooding events.
Keith Kelson, engineering geologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, provides an example to other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers geologists of how clues from pre-historic and historic floods can help predict future flooding events during an exercise March 15, 2018, at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. (Dena O’Dell/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

If you're about to transition or have recently left the military, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for civilian life is to research the type of career you want and how to train for it.

If you, like many others, feel lost in choosing a career, you should consider selecting something within a growth industry; even if it's not precisely what you want to do, job security can go a long way in providing a stable, satisfying life. Matt DiLallo looked at the stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and determined that the energy sector is experiencing an employment boom. If you're looking for work and need some focus, check out the top five in-demand energy jobs for 2014.

1. Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers have a broad range of responsibilities, all geared toward the research, design, development, building and testing of new devices. These often are machines built for a specific job for a particular industry, not consumer products. Mechanical engineers use a wide variety of tools and have a rigorous skill set in math, physics and design. Average salary: $78,160

2. Field Service Technician

Field service technicians go out into the field to maintain and repair equipment such as wind-power generators and power lines. These technicians tend to specialize in a certain type of hardware, so receiving the proper training early in their career is a must. However, due to the evolving nature of technology, technicians often must receive new training to repair new types of equipment. Average salary: $44,160

3. Design Engineer

Design engineers draft ideas and develop concepts for consumer products. These can range from cars to appliances to toys. This job requires a blend of scientific and creative knowledge; good product design seamlessly blends form and function. This job is best suited for individuals who are capable of creating highly technical yet creative concepts. Average salary: $58,230

4. QA/QC Inspection

Quality assurance and quality control inspectors are tasked with rigorously testing hardware before it ends up in either store shelves or the hands of a company. The job requires a good deal of mechanical knowledge, much of which comes from specific training. As there is a broad range of manufactured goods, so, too, is there a variety of QA and QC inspection. Average salary: $33,030

5. Geologist

Geologists, or geoscientists as the industry calls them, play a major role in the energy industry. Despite advances in green energy, the world still relies on fossil fuels. Therefore, individuals with expertise in identifying potential resources and how to exploit them are highly valued. Geoscientists specialize in a variety of fields. Average salary: $82,500

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