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Jobs in Alternative Energy Fields


									Jobs in Alternative Energy Fields

Many people who take jobs in the alternative energies research and
development sector have to, at least in the beginning, take relatively
low pay. Taking a job in this industry is thus not about—or, not
predominantly about—making money, although that is needless to say
important, as one who is not well-fed soon becomes one who is not
productive at work, especially when we are considering the brain-work
involved in the work of researching and developing technologies in the
alternative energies sector. There are those who take a job just because
they find it is a fulfilling task that they have undertaken—something
that is going to help mankind, or their society, or the Earth herself.
But in truth, what most people dream of in terms of work is a position
that they at once enjoy immensely while they also are receiving good
money for their time and energy.

Positions in the alternative energy research and development industry
often offer just such an opportunity.

The alternative energy field is in need of a vast array of different
positions. Many people who get into this are the kind who would keep the
power plants up and running (these include plant operators or mechanics),
others are the developers of new alternative energies (engineers,
scientists), and others make it all happen to start with by investing in
alternative energy. So--not only do these people have the blessing of an
exciting and fulfilling career, but these same people are making the
world a better place.

The business of alternative energy is rapidly growing due to the fact
that many governments are now supporting it. Investors have become
excited about putting their financial backing into the alternative energy
industry because they can see that it's the wave of the future, out of
both need and the fact of government support. Rising oil prices make
alternative energies' tantalization rise in the minds of investors. As
investors become more interested, there is more money available for
companies to start up or expand, and that leads (of course) to more job

The US government is unquestionably involved in promoting the idea of new
jobs as being readily available in the alternative energy sector.
According to the President, in order to achieve greater use of
“homegrown”, renewable fuels in the United States, advanced technologies
need to be researched and developed so as to be able to make ethanol
from plant fibers' biomass, which at the present time is merely discarded
as waste material. The President's 2007 Federal Budget includes $150
million (a $59 million increase over the Federal Budget for 2006) to help
with the development of biofuels derived from agricultural waste products
such as wood chips, corn stalks, and switch grass. Researchers tell us
that furthering the cause of research into cellulose-based ethanol could
make the technology cost-competitive by 2012, while potentially
displacing up to 30% of the nation's current fuel consumption.

The President's plan would additionally drive on next-generation research
and development of battery technology for hybrid vehicles in addition to
“plug-in hybrid” vehicles. A “plug-in” hybrid runs on either gasoline or
electricity, depending upon an on-board computer calculation. Driving in
a city setting consumes almost no gasoline over as much as a week's time
with these vehicles.

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