Solar Photovoltaic Installer

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Solar photovoltaic installersUse specialized skills to install residential and commercial solar projects. They are responsible for safely attaching the panels to the roofs of houses or other buildings and ensuring that the systems work. Solar photovoltaic installers must be able to work with power tools and hand tools at great heights, and possess in-depth knowledge of electrical wiring as well as basic math skills.

When necessary, installers must be problem solvers, able to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components. Safety is a priority when installing solar panels because installers run the risk of falling from a roof or being electrocuted by high voltage. Solar photovoltaic installers are often self-employed as general contractors or employed by solar panel manufacturers or installation companies.

Installation companies typically specialize in installing certain types of panels and provide some maintenance and repair services. When a solar panel system is purchased, manufacturers may provide the buyer with installation services or maintenance and repair work. Self-employed installers typically have training and experience with installing solar power systems and are hired directly by the property owners or by a construction firm.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
24% - Much faster than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $33,050 - $48,850    Hourly: $16 - $23
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Most solar photovoltaic installers spend their days outdoors. Like construction workers, installers' days often start early to beat the worst of the heat. Work ceases when it rains, as installing systems is dangerous in wet weather. Working in high places requires taking special precautions, such as wearing a harness, but safety equipment is often no match for hazardous outdoor conditions.

Following all safety procedures and regulations on the job is required. Work schedules of solar photovoltaic installers can be similar to those of construction workers, with long hours on some days followed by periods of no employment.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

24% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $33,050 - $48,850

Hourly: $16 - $23