In today's economy, energy is big business -- and energy jobs are in high supply. The government as well as private energy companies are making more of an effort to bring transitioning veterans on board, and many companies have hiring programs specifically geared towards vets.
Below is a run-down of some of the prominent organizations and programs connecting veterans with energy jobs. You can also check the Military.com Skills Translator to see how your skills translate to specific jobs, and link to the Military.com Job Board to see available energy jobs around the country.
Troops to Energy Jobs
Troops to Energy Jobs provides veterans with a roadmap for entry into highly skilled utility and engineering occupations within the energy industry. The Troops to Energy Jobs website offers overviews of the different types of energy occupations available, information on how specific military skills translate to these jobs, and connections to resources to help round out your education, as well as to virtual coaches and support organizations. For more information, you can also see this fact sheet.
VeteransToEnergy is a job search portal site geared to help veterans find careers in the oil and natural gas industry. The site was developed by API, a national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. The VeteransToEnergy site includes energy job descriptions and postings, and profiles of veterans in the industry.
Major Energy Companies with Veteran Hiring Programs
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
The Department of Energy partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide on-the-job training opportunities that could lead to employment for recovering veterans through the vocational rehabilitation and employment program. For information on the program and to sign up visit: www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp/.
Operation Warfighter Program
The Operation Warfighter Program managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) offers temporary military detail assignments for recuperating service members to engage in meaningful vocational opportunities. The Department of Energy partners with the DoD to offer opportunities under the program. For more details, see this program overview.
Wounded Warrior Programs
Programs designed to assist severely wounded soldiers, veterans and their families offer a ready source of skilled candidates ready to reintegrate into the workforce.
- Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
- Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
- Navy Safe Harbor
- US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
Solar Energy Job-training Pilot Program for Veterans
In partnership with U.S. Department of Energy the SunShot Initiative's Solar Instructor Training Network aims to train 50,000 new solar installers in total by 2020, some of who will be veterans and will be partnering with up to three military bases to create a veterans solar job training pilot project this fall. Please visit: www.energy.gov/articles/new-solar-energy-job-training-pilot-program-veterans to find out more.
Utility Workforce Initiative
The Utility Industry Workforce Initiative is an effort by the Departments of Energy and Defense to find jobs for veterans in the energy sector. The goal is to train 75,000 people, many of them veterans, to enter the solar power industry by 2020. The energy sector is projected to require an additional 1.5 million workers by 2030 to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure, according to Quadrennial Energy Review.VA's Veterans Economic Communities Initiative will work with local resources to connect transitioning service members, veterans, and their families on training and employment opportunities. A program has also been launched under this initiative that would train transitioning service personnel at 10 military bases across the country to join an expanding solar industry. For more details, see this fact sheet.