by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve probably heard about smart phones, but do you know about “smart grid” technology? Essentially how we transmit and distribute electricity can be monitored and adjusted so that the distribution of energy can be most efficient. Smart grid technology also promotes the use of renewable energy sources. As utilities continue to evolve, they’ll need workers who understand this smart technology.


scaffoldA recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report (pdf) discusses the growing importance of smart grid technology and the occupations engaged in smart grid work. According to the report, work related to the smart grid is expected to result in about 280,000 new positions nationwide, covering a wide range of occupations. Examples of jobs include:

Check out a full list of smart grid careers in the BLS report (pdf) or visit the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse to learn more.