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An Energy Analyst investigates how an entity consumes resources, and then develops ways to conserve them. The job title is deceptively simple. Yes, an Energy Analyst analyzes energy, but what kind? That’s where the fun begins for you, because you get to tailor your interests to the field if you decide to go for this position.
Say you’re crafty—always hands-on when it comes to home improvement projects. But you’re also a science buff, always monitoring local weather trends. As an Energy Analyst, you can specialize in weatherizing homes, and work with construction companies and housing authorities.
In this role, you ensure each home is using energy efficiently. Are its windows old and leaking heated air? Is the furnace a relic that hogs electricity? It’s your job to write a report and make recommendations that will help the homeowners spend less on energy, and conserve resources in the process.
But what if you aren’t interested in housing or building? You can still be an Energy Analyst, tackling instead the country’s dependence on foreign oil. Is natural gas an option? How much longer can we use fossil fuels? To answer these questions, you use the same analysis skills, but you study different types of energy use in a completely different environment.
No matter what path you take, know that the biggest part of your job is your reports. They are gospel to those who are planning ahead, whether to conserve resources or determine how much are left to use. Express your findings clearly and you will be ahead of the pack.