Energy Policy Careers

  • Are you interested in research and analyzing policy?
  • Would you like to work in energy and environment management?
  • Do you possess a strong background in economics?
  • Are you interested in finance, development, and the environment?

If so, then a career in energy and environment policy may be for you.

Career Tracks

Jobs relevant to Global Affairs degrees are offered in the private sector (energy companies and energy consulting companies), the public sector (for example, the Department of Energy), and nonprofits (think tanks and research institutions). General positions include:

  • Policy-Making: work in government organizations such as the Department of Energy in policy creation and enforcement.
  • Policy-Analysis: work in public or private sector to examine political and economic trends in energy policy.
  • Policy Research: work in the nonprofit world on general research of energy trends, international energy policy formation, and arranging international cooperation between utilities or other energy companies.
Entry Salaries and Benefits
  • Entry-level salaries range from the upper $30,000s in non-profit organizations, government, and research institutions to the upper $60,000s in engineering firms and consulting companies.
  • Upper-level salaries depend on technical background in the energy field
Fast Facts
  • Includes electricity, natural gas, oil, and renewable energy technology, regarding energy acquisition and energy trading world-wide.
  • Energy companies and government/non-profit organizations seek candidates with economics backgrounds.
  • Private energy and energy consulting companies often recruit from their interns.
  • Nonprofits and international organizations are increasingly focusing on energy, environment, and development issues.
  • Private companies are dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainable development.
  • Some career paths in the energy field may target an engineering or business background, but many opportunities exist that target a wider scope of marketable skills, experience, and training.
  • Your Global Affairs degree will give you a competitive edge on the policy side; however, as you have an understanding of finance and development, take some classes on the environment and energy and you will have a real edge in the industry.
  • Potential employers: Recruit mostly from their interns, so look on their websites for information.
Useful Links

Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs:

Energy Careers:

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:

Environmental Career Opportunities:

International Energy Agency:

World Bank Energy Program:

Ziprecruiter Energy Jobs:

Sample of Employers

Examples of for-profit firms

AES, The Global Power Company,
Duke Energy,
KEMA Engineering,
Nexant Energy Consulting,
PA Consulting,
PACE Global Energy Services,

Examples of non-profit organizations

Alliance to Save Energy,
American Gas Association,
American Wind Energy Association,
Business Council for Sustainable Energy,
Edison Electric Institute,
Institute of International Education,
U.S. Energy Association,
Winrock International,

Examples from the U.S. government

House Committee on Energy and Commerce,
State Utility Commissions,
U.S. Agency for International Development,
Environmental Protection Agency,