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ENERGY

Energy careers are central to the Oswego County economy. Jobs in this sector will continue to expand as new technology and applications develop to provide sustainable solutions for energy needs. Those with appropriate education, training and skills will find ample career opportunities.

Energy careers can be found in eight different sectors including Fossil Fuel, Nuclear, Hydropower, Wind Power, Solar Power, Geothermal, Bioenergy and Fuel Cell. Significant, well paying jobs will continue to exist in the Fossil Fuel and Nuclear industries in Oswego County, but there will also be an expansion of new technologies and services.

Craft and Trade Worker: The nuclear energy field has apprenticeship programs that provide entry level workers with the opportunity to enter the field with a high school diploma. Initially, trainees receive pre-technical instruction in measurements and mathematics to build a foundation for technical training. Finally, on the job training is provided in machinery and equipment operation and maintenance. Salaries vary widely. Entry level workers can have a starting pay of $22/hour per hour.

Windsmith: A windsmith is a person who is involved in the business of windmill construction and erection. A windsmith performs day-to-day operations and maintenance duties on wind turbine facilities. The windsmith aids in the development and management of new wind turbine projects. Median annual earnings of mechanical and electrical technicians were $46,310 in May 2004.

Resource Manager and Ecologist: The water development projects built during the 20th century have had negative as well as beneficial impacts on the indigenous wildlife, fishes and plants. Today, there is a real effort to rehabilitate or maintain natural ecosystems that existed before the rivers were harnessed, and to protect species and natural lands from further harm. Median annual earnings of conservation scientists in May 2004 were $52,480.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS