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Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Workers


The power of water—in rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean tides—is used to generate electricity. This type of electricity is known as hydropower electricity. Hydropower and marine energy industry workers perform a wide range of duties, from designing, constructing, and maintaining hydropower projects and plants, to assessing and remediating the environmental impact of these projects, to providing support services (human resources, clerical, information management, etc.) to science and technology workers. According to the National Hydropower Association, approximately 140,000 people are currently employed in the hydropower industry.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Manager or Consultant

Experienced Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Worker

Entry-Level Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Worker

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