Child pages
  • Alternative Energy Specialist


A career in the alternative energy industry sector of solar power, wind power, geothermal power and nuclear power could mean working in research, manufacturing, service, sales or marketing.

Pittsburgh has several research groups working on alternative fuels and energy sources.  If you are interested in research in these areas, you might consider a major in Environmental Science, Physics or Chemistry.  If you are more interested in the marketing and business aspect of this sector, you might major in Business or Entrepreneurial Studies. Communications would offer a number of courses that might interest you. And, of course, there are many careers related to advocating for public policy that support innovation in this area. 

If you are interested in a career in the alternative energy industry, whatever your major, you might find some of these courses interesting:

CHM 101

Chemistry of the Environment

CHM 170

Organic Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

ESS 201

Physical Geology

ECN 320

Labor Economics

ECN 391

Environmental and Natural Resource Economies

ENG 255

Literature and the Environment

EVS 101

Introduction to Environmental Studies

EVS 260

Infusion of Environmental Innovations

EVS 350

Environmental Reclamation

HIST 274

World Environmental History

MUS 235

Music and the Natural Environment

PHIL 231

Environmental Ethics

PHY 317

Thermal Physics

POL 313

Environmental Policy

SOC 262

Environment and Society