SmartGridCareers.com and Zpryme’s Smart Grid Insights Reveal Qualification Requirements for Smart Grid Candidate Hopefuls

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Supplementing the first release of their inaugural research on Smart Grid Hiring Trends, SmartGridCareers.com and Zpryme’s Smart Grid Insights released a secondary report today outlining the experience, skills and academic requirements for candidates wishing to secure a position in the coveted Smart Grid industry sector. This study provides potential Smart Grid candidates with the detailed data they need to understand what it takes to break into and/or advance their career in this dynamic market segment.

This research underscores the exacting requirements for those interested in pursuing Smart Grid roles. Potential candidates can leverage this data to guide their academic and initial career choices to ensure it leads to a path in the Smart Grid.

SmartGridCareers.com, a niche recruiting firm serving the unique human capital requirements of the Smart Grid, released a secondary report today outlining the experience, skills and academic requirements for Smart Grid roles in the United States. Based on a survey of 184 hiring executives responsible for hiring candidates for domestic Smart Grid roles, requirements for new hires (those without previous work experience outside internships) included the following:

Academic:

  • 82% of respondents stated they require a Bachelor’s degree when making new hires.
  • 40% indicated a preference for a Master’s degree.
  • The most preferred degrees included Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business.
  • Additional desired certification requirements included Smart Grid, Utility/GIS, Renewable

Engineering, PMP, PJM, CE, Cyber Security, IT and Communications.

Additional Skills:

  • The top three additional skills for new hires were analytical skills, problem-solving skills and

attention to detail.

  • When asked to rank all additional skills, the highest scores were given to analytical skills and

problem-solving skills (first-place tie) and being a team player.

Requirements for experienced hires included:

Academic:

  • 89% of respondents indicated that they required a Bachelor’s degree when hiring experienced

candidates.

  • 49% listed a preference for a Master’s degree.
  • The most preferred degrees included Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business.
  • Additional desired certification requirements included PMP, PMI, CEM, Networks and Controls

Systems and Power Domain.

Work Experience:

  • 47% of hiring managers required 4-5 years of previous work experience.
  • An additional 26% stated a requirement of 6-10 years.
  • Desired demonstrated skills included: project management (72%), consulting experience (63%)

and supervisory/management experience (53%).

Additional Skills:

  • The top three additional skills for experienced hires were analytical skills, problem-solving skills

and good oral communication.

  • When asked to rank all additional skills, the highest scores were given to problem-solving

skills, being a team player and analytical skills.

“This research underscores the exacting requirements for those interested in pursuing Smart Grid roles,” explained Heather Anusbigian, CMO at SmartGridCareers.com. “Potential candidates can leverage this data to guide their academic and initial career choices to ensure it leads to a path in the Smart Grid.”

“The next phase of our research will be to examine the curricula that successfully turns out qualified Smart Grid candidates”, stated Jason Rodriguez, CEO of Zpryme. “As a Smart Grid-focused curriculum is still in its infancy stages, there isn’t a national clearinghouse that offers a comprehensive list of available training and/or educational offerings. We plan to take a deeper dive into the programs that are producing the best candidates in subsequent reports.”

Readers interested in reviewing the detailed findings can download a copy of the report here.

Methodology:
The Smart Grid Hiring Trends 2012 study was conducted by surveying 184 Smart Grid hiring managers and executives in June 2012. Only one response per company was allowed for the study. Only U.S.-based executives and managers who played a role in making hiring decisions for Smart Grid-related roles at their respective companies were allowed to respond to the survey. Forty-one percent of hiring managers said they worked for companies with 1 to 100 employees, 16% worked for companies with 101 to 500 employees, 6% worked for companies with 501 to 1,000 employees, and the remaining 37% said they worked for companies with 1,000 or more employees.

About SmartGridCareers.com
SmartGridCareers.com is a niche recruiting firm offering a comprehensive suite of human resources solutions to the Smart Grid industry. Leveraging a powerful combination of experience, expertise and cutting-edge technology, SmartGridCareers.com has established a proven track record of pinpointing candidates with the emerging skill sets required by the Smart Grid and Renewable Energy sectors. For more information, visit http://www.smartgridcareers.com.

About Zpryme Smart Grid Insights Practice:
Zpryme-powered Smart Grid Insight Practice and Smart Grid Insights Advisory Board help organizations understand their business environment, engage consumers, inspire innovation, and take action. These practices represent an evolution beyond traditional market research and consulting: combining sound fundamentals, innovative tools and methodologies, industry experience, and creative marketing savvy to supercharge clients’ success. Zpryme does not produce tables and charts; but rather delivers opportunity-focused, actionable insight that is both engaging and easy-to-digest. For more information, visit: http://www.zpryme.com.

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