What scientific or engineering major would be best for a career in developing solar energy systems?

I don’t really have a clear idea of what development of solar energy technology would be like. for ex. If that would require research etc.

7 thoughts on “What scientific or engineering major would be best for a career in developing solar energy systems?”

  1. you people are obsessed with pv. go thermal, its so much more powerful. get a degree in mechanical engineering, you’ll be the man in a field that has few.

  2. Chemical engineering is great for solar. Electrical engineering will provide more options including solar but also things like wind energy and geothermal energy.

  3. I hink all of the above answerers have overlooked a major factor in soal… the chemistry. How silicon is mixed with either nanoparticles or doped with other materials that improve the performance of the cell are the major areas of development in the future.

  4. Most of the solar energy companies I found looking to hire engineers require many years of experience (3+). It really depends, though. It might just be like this now, because the economy is so bad. Participate in a research group during your school year to earn some of that experience.

    As for your major, try chemical engineering or electrical engineering.

  5. Engineering of some form, probably electrical.

    Firms will also work with physicists. I finished my Physics BSc last year and am now researching solar power for a masters. Physics based work is more ‘upstream’, I’m working at the research & design stage. An engineer would more likely work further ‘downstream’, eg on panel installation etc.

    Most power companies (eg in the UK: Atkins, E.ON, Wind Prospect, nPower) will take physics, engineering, chemistry or maths graduates.

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