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Software Developer

Job Snapshot: 
Our world is getting increasingly tech-savvy, and green collar industries are no exception! The energy produced from solar installations, wind farms and geothermal plants all needs to be monitored, and someone has to design the software to make sense of all that data. Green software programs can help businesses monitor their renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall energy use. With this “smart data,” companies can make better decisions on how to be more energy efficient. If you like working with computers, thrive on developing systems and want to be on the cutting edge of renewable energy IT, a career as a software developer would put you right in the thick of it!
Roles & Responsibilities: 
Software developers are needed for all areas of energy management, including monitoring renewable energy sources, and tracking energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. You may also play a role in green products manufacturing, or introducing green online services. Working with engineers and researchers, you will be responsible for writing the computer codes that make up a software program or application, or updating the code for existing applications.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: energy efficiency and power transmission principles, energy management, computer programming languages and applications.

Skills: critical thinking, decision-making, analysis, and technical knowledge.

Education and Recommended Courses: 
A university degree in Computer Science is necessary, and specialization in various computer programming languages and applications (eg. Linux, Java etc.) would also useful. Computer science, mathematics, industrial arts and technology, and business are all useful courses.
Potential Earnings: 
$50,000-$80,000
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: You may be working as part of a small team and have regular meetings with engineers and researchers to assess their needs.

Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office.

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