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Careers in energy have promise, educator says

First energy career fair by institute held Friday

MADISON, Wis. - The energy industry isn't just for scientists or engineers. Folks in the field said virtually every career will be impacted by green energy.

Wisconsin Energy Institute hosted the first Energy Career Fair in Madison Friday.

UW senior Saxon McKinven is on the hunt for a job with graduation a month and a half away. The economics major is one of many students exploring careers at the career fair.

"I'm really interested in energy because it's really going to be a big topic in the future, so I thought I'd come and check out what positions they have, and see if there are any spots for me," McKinven said. "And I think there might be."

Nearly two dozen Wisconsin-based employers came to talk with students.

Education Director John Greenler said the energy industry will be an important part of our economy in the future, so employers are looking for people from diverse backgrounds with unique skills.

"Longterm, I think the careers in energy have a lot of promise for these students especially," Greenler said.

He said everything from communications specialists to healthcare workers will be needed as the field expands.

"We really are trying to branch out beyond that traditional view of energy being just science and engineering. While they are still important, we need much more," Greenler added.

He said breakthroughs are constantly happening in the energy field both nationally and internationally.

In an uncertain job market, those looking for work are casting a wider net in hopes of reeling in work.

"I just try and saturate everything possible. Hopefully over time something will stick and I'll find the right match for my career," McKinven said.

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