Energy Careers Based on Major

Thankfully, there is no need to worry about post-graduation opportunities regardless of the major you are pursuing at Yale, since energy is a very multidisciplinary field; regardless of your intended major and interests, you can still engage in a career in the field of energy. Don’t believe me? Well, the following is a table listing down every major Yale has to offer, and a possible career in that field. The following list is non-exhaustive; this is just ONE possible job you may pursue after graduating from the major (you can use the search bar to directly see your major and a possible job opportunity).

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Majors Possible Career in Energy Description Description References and Further Reading
African American Studies (B.A.) Energy Justice Associate Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to develop energy policies, financing models, and products that take into account racial inequalities and allow for increased energy and environmental justice.
African Studies (B.A.) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for increased success rates for electrification projects.
American Studies (B.A.) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for the development of policies and projects that provide an equitable and economic energy transition.
Anthropology (B.A.) Energy Anthropologists Studying how energy is generated and used, how energy is conceptualized, the role of energy in shaping and articulating states and societies, and diverse relationships characterized as markets, households, families, companies, and corporations. European Association of Social Anthropologists
Applied Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.) Energy Modeling Engineer Develop algorithms to predict energy transition and grid interaction, model load and power systems, analyze market interactions between renewables and fossil fuel power generation facilities. International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research
Applied Physics (B.S.) Energy Researcher The study of quantum materials with unconventional magnetic & electronic ground states & phase transitions. Includes the design and discovery of new materials that improve current electricity generation and transmission methods, such as high-efficiency, heat-resistant superconductors. Stanford Energy Applied Physics
Archaeological Studies (B.A.) Preservationist Regulate environmentally responsible offshore and land renewable energy development activities by coordinating studies to identify and protect archaeological sites and other historic properties, including shipwrecks, memorial sites, lighthouses, and sunken aircraft. Historic Preservation Activities of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Architecture (B.A.) Green Building Architect Focus on the development of green buildings that utilize modern and energy-efficient technologies, integrated solar, passive lighting design, and compliance with green building standards such as the USGBC’s LEEDs Certification and the PHIUS’s Passive House Standards.
Art (B.A.) Energy Artist Build art installations and other works that support clean energy deployment and engage the wider public with mesmerizing works of art that showcase and highlight the importance of transitioning to clean energy sources.
Astronomy (B.A.) Meteorologist Study the atmosphere to predict weather and climatic conditions and develop complex mathematical and physical formulations to help the prediction; working with developers, government agencies, etc to help determine the best locations for renewable energy projects, which are usually more weather-sensitive (solar, hydro, and wind).
Astrophysics (B.S.) High Energy Astrophysicists Understand the natural phenomenon of energy release, production, and transfer through space and the universe and develop modeling that can support the recreation of alternative energy generation means within Earth, including nuclear fusion research.
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) Biomedical Engineer Focus on developing new techniques, products, and technologies that would enable increased energy-efficient medical practices, including improvements to ingestible/implantable biomedical devices, energy reduction in imaging, improvements to storage technologies, and improvement of telemedical services to reduce travel. An Overview of Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering Produced by The University of Adelaide and Queensland University of Technology
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) Chemical Engineer Focus on experimenting with alternative carbon sequestration techniques, methods to capture carbon, and the integration of renewable energy in the energy-intensive production of chemicals.
Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.) Battery Chemist Design new processes to store energy, i.e. battery chemistry, and develop new techniques or reactions to store batteries with a high depth of discharge and increased lifetime while minimizing rare or non-environmentally friendly element use (such as Lithium and Lead respectively).
Classics (B.A.) / Greek, Ancient and Modern (B.A.) Heritage Manager Work in a museum, historical site, etc, and find ways to conduct management, restoration, and protection through the use of clean energy sources, as well as finding ways to integrate energy-efficient methods to maintain and protect relics, documents, and paintings, amongst others.
Cognitive Science (B.A. or B.S.) Product Strategist Understand consumer behavior and learn how a person’s environment and upbringing affect their perception and attitude towards climate change, green products, and renewable energy consumption, and energy generation.
Comparative Literature (B.A.) Literary Scholar Research different cultural perceptions towards energy and energy transition, by comparing the vernacular, translations, historical and social context, interpretations, and time of writing.
Computer Science (B.A. or B.S.) Programmer Develop websites, algorithms, coding for programming that improves data access, information transfer for energy efficiency and electrification projects.
Computer Science and Economics (B.S.) Programmer Develop financial models, econometric software, credit systems for rural communities, and utilizing blockchain technologies to empower decentralized energy systems and increase financing options for consumers and developers to reduce initial investment risk and minimize cost for the consumers while maximizing profitability for the companies.
Computer Science and Mathematics (B.S.) Computer Engineer Create models and algorithms to synthesize, evaluate, and categorize large data sets to aid researchers in their research. Especially applicable for international transition data synthesis and global energy demand calculations that involve large amounts of data and large numbers.
Computer Science and Psychology (B.A.) Programmer Development of artificial intelligence software to evaluate data sets from consumers or from rural communities for electrification projects, including validation, fraud prevention, and aiding decision making of policymakers through the analysis and summarizing of big data sets that are available on the internet.
Computing and the Arts (B.A.) Software Designer Develop software and programming that can help architects incorporate energy simulators and CAD technologies in their design, which will allow for simulation of a house’s thermal and solar properties, and the ability to incorporate the design into a larger ecosystem to determine the feasibility of on-site energy generation based on shading and wind resistance from neighboring buildings.
Earth and Planetary Sciences (B.A. or B.S.) Energy Geologist Assist geothermal deployment and carbon capture and sequestration possibilities by assisting site exploration and exploring techniques on natural and artificial carbon capture and sequestration; work with mining companies to rehabilitate mines that are no longer in operation to minimize environmental impacts and allow the repurposing of such mines into hydrogen or carbon storage sites. Geophysics for an Energy Transition by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
East Asian Languages and Literatures (B.A.) Translation Expert Assist survey teams in developing surveys in the local language, to aid rural electrification initiatives and help with the data collection and development of communication strategies.
East Asian Studies (B.A.) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for increased success rates for electrification projects.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (B.A. or B.S.) Environmental Ecologist Work with developers and governments to identify the environmental impacts of energy generation and transmission projects that can have an impact on the wildlife and biodiversity of the surrounding community due to pollution, increased wildfire risk, leaching, etc
Economics (B.A.) Energy Economist Conduct economic analysis related to energy generation and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Analyze financial feasibility and implementability of projects and determine finance optimization through economies of scale, etc. Mymajors.com
Economics and Mathematics (B.A.) Energy Economic Modeller Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques. Analyze large data sets and publish reports, as well as creating statistical models that can help quantify the net impact and costs of a project taking into account social and opportunity costs, etc Mymajors.com
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) Electrical Engineer Design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of turbines’ electrical components, including electric motors, machinery controls, lighting and wiring, generators, communications systems, and electricity transmission systems. Career Map: Electrical Engineer by the Department of Energy
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (B.S.) Electrical Engineer Work on the complex electronic systems used to operate the turbine. Using SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), they implement systems that operate the turbine(s) remotely and transfer data about the turbine for future analysis. They ensure that the power electronics and all turbine controls for safety, grid, and power production work properly. Career Map: Electrical Engineer by the Department of Energy
Engineering Sciences (Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical) (B.S. or B.A.) Engineering Consultant Consult government officials, policy makers, and developers to determine the best engineering practices and work with multidisciplinary teams to engage on a project to ensure feasibility from a variety of aspects, including financial feasibility, security, and permitting.
English (B.A.) Journalist Cover energy topics, research, news, and interview key players of the energy transition to contribute to blogs, newsrooms, and nonprofits to assist the delivery of important messaging and statistics to policymakers, members of the public, etc
Environmental Engineering (B.S.) Environmental Consultant Consult government officials, policy makers, developers, and researchers about the environmental impacts of certain energy practices, policies, and projects, including the effects on the soil, water systems, climate, toxic gas/elements release, and provide advice as to how to contain or mitigate pollution and how to effectively complete rehabilitation projects.
Environmental Studies (B.A. or B.S.) Management/Executive Work with multidisciplinary teams to lead projects, companies, or government offices to implement energy-oriented projects, programming, and policy. Engage in entrepreneurship and decision-making.
Ethics, Politics, and Economics (B.A.) Policy Adviser / Legislative Aide Work with MoCs and other government representatives to create and vote on policy that is equitable, ethical, and feasibly implementable from a political and economical point of view.
Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (B.A.) Race and Migration Researcher Research the racial inequalities present in energy policies and deployment, as well as the inequalities stemmed by a lack of urban planning and clean energy generation and consumption; analyze how immigration changes the population demographics and affects the energy consumption of a country, and what it means for the energy generation capacity and sources in the future.
Film and Media Studies (B.A.) Film Director Write documentaries on energy, including energy policy, energy law, energy technology breakthroughs, etc.
French (B.A.) Translation Expert Assist survey teams, particularly in African countries (where French is a predominant language), to develop questions on rural electrification initiatives and help with the data collection and development of communication strategies.
German Studies (B.A.) Energy Policy Analyst Analyze the success story of the German energy transition, and explore the various frameworks set in place (regulatory, legal, financial, etc) to determine which policies were successful, and analyze the replication feasibility of such policies in other countries with differing challenges, public opinions, and priorities.
Global Affairs (B.A.) International Policy Analyst Analyze the success story of countries that are in advanced stages of the energy transition (i.e. nordic countries), and explore the various frameworks set in place (regulatory, legal, financial, etc) to determine which policies were successful, and analyze the replication feasibility of such policies in other countries with differing challenges, public opinions, and priorities.
History (B.A.) Energy Historian Learn, document, and research the history of energy consumption and production, including key inventions, transition periods, major disputes or scandals, and important figures who got us to where we currently are.
History of Art (B.A.) Energy Historian Learn, document, and research the history of art and energy, exploring the past monuments and artworks that are dedicated to exploring and raising public awareness of the importance of energy; analyzing the role of art in the rise of climate change movements and the changing landscape of energy-focused art and media displays.
History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (B.A.) Energy Historian Learn, document, and research the history and connection between the world’s energy consumption and production with changing health patterns and declining environmental qualities.
Humanities (B.A.) Non-Profit Chair Lead a non-profit organization to engage with the public, grassroot communities, community leaders, policy makers, and the business/industrial sector to engage in energy advocacy and push for increased deployment of clean energy and electric vehicles, amongst others.
Italian Studies (B.A.) Energy Policy Analyst Analyze the key role Italy is playing in assisting development of African countries, focusing on solar and electrification initiatives, and understanding the underlying political, economical, social, and cultural motives for such assistance; determining and analyzing the replicability of Italy’s initiatives in other countries.
Judaic Studies (B.A.) Researcher Research how energy is intertwined with the lives of famous Jewish personalities and how the Jews perceive, interpret, consume, and produce energy over the course of their history.
Latin American Studies (B.A.) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for increased success rates for electrification projects.
Linguistics (B.A.) Communications Coordinator Engage with the public by sending out positive messaging through careful analysis and structuring of words and sentences; writing speeches and other remarks by policymakers and executives to ensure clarity and empathy of messaging while using vernacular that effectively engages the intended audience.
Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.) Energy Modeling Engineer Develop algorithms to predict energy transition and grid interaction, model load and power systems, analyze market interactions between renewables and fossil fuel power generation facilities.
Mathematics and Philosophy (B.A.) Energy Modeling Engineer Develop algorithms to predict the energy consumption and production changes due to changing human behaviour and public perception towards renewable energy and climate change.
Mathematics and Physics (B.S.) Energy Modeling Engineer Modeling physical phenomena and laws through models that can be implemented in energy analysis and simulation softwares to allow for better, more accurate results that are more consistent with reality.
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) Mechanical Engineer Research, design, develop, and test tools, machines, and mechanical devices. Mechanical engineers work on panel/wind turbine siting, components and systems, contributing to performance optimization and cost reductions for project developers, manufacturing and operation companies. Career Map: Mechanical Engineer by the Department of Energy
Modern Middle East Studies (B.A.) Middle Eastern Energy Policy Analyst Research and analyze Middle Eastern energy policy and politics, including the analysis of OPEC, tensions between gulf states, past oil crises, energy transition of the world’s largest oil-producing countries, and the role of the middle eastern countries on the rate of the global energy transition from oil-rich to renewables-rich energy sources.
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (B.A. or B.S.) Biological/ Biochemical Engineer Conduct progressive research to improve the economics and efficiency of advanced biomass conversion using thermochemical processes and catalytic cracking, microbial physiology, fermentation, enzymatic hydrolysis systems, and processes monitoring and control. Bioenergy Career Map by the Department of Energy
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (B.A. or B.S.) Biological Engineer Develop, design, optimize, and eventually scale up biomass conversion processes that make use of biological organisms, molecules, and systems (e.g. microorganisms and enzymes). Bioenergy Career Map by the Department of Energy
Music (B.A.) Freelancer Musician Work with companies, film producers, etc to create music that can help promote energy-related causes and engage members of the audience with scores that depict smooth but energetic progressions.
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (B.A.) Near Eastern Civilization Researcher Research and analyze Near Easter civilization from multiple perspectives, including historical, cultural, contextual, political, social, economical, and judicial points of views; determine the changing energy consumption and production patterns in the past and how it will impact the future consumption and energy goals of these countries.
Neuroscience (B.A. or B.S.) Energy Educator Understanding how the brain works and how the natural processes of our brains can be translated into key strategies on how teachers and instructors can effectively educate and communicate with learners to address their concerns and allow for the most effective education about the importance of the energy transition, as well as the more content-heavy aspects that may be delivered in retraining programs for displaced workers from the oil and gas industries.
Philosophy (B.A.) Energy Lawyer / Attorney Advise and represent individuals, businesses, or government agencies on legal issues or disputes, which includes leading and supporting contract negotiation and execution, financing and confidentiality agreements, patents and intellectual property filings, mergers and acquisitions and legal compliance. Career Map: Attorney by the Department of Energy
Physics (B.S.) Energy Physicist Includes the study of quantum properties and principles that will allow for improvements in theoretical efficiencies of different methods of energy generation, the understanding of the various states and types of semiconductors, as well as the study of optical properties of different materials to optimize solar cell design and minimize losses.
Physics and Geosciences (B.S.) Energy Geologist Design equipment for energy production and generation that involve geology (hydrothermal, geothermal, carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen storage) that are optimized based on the law of physics to ensure maximum performance and minimize costs.
Physics and Philosophy (B.A. or B.S.) Public Relations Team Work with scientists to release information to the press and public while taking into account behaviours and perception to engage in effective and clear messaging that will gain the support and empathy of the target audience.
Political Science (B.A.) Member of Congress / Government Official Engage in policy-making, work with various government entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Information Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Energy, amongst others, to ensure development of equitable, ethical, and feasible policies that can help improve renewable energy use, decentralization of the grid, and equity.
Portuguese (B.A.) Translation Expert Assist survey teams, particularly in countries where Portuguese is a predominant language (Brazil, some other countries in Latin America and Africa), to develop questions on rural electrification initiatives and help with the data collection and development of communication strategies.
Psychology (B.A. or B.S.) Marketing Consultant Analyze and understand how the consumer’s behavioural pattern and understanding are connected, and develop strategies that help engage a wider public audience or increase the effectiveness of messaging from non-profits, government agencies, and developers, of the importance of the energy transition or convince public buy-in for a project or product.
Religious Studies (B.A.) Faith Organizer Organize non-profits such as the Interfaith Power and Light, and work with religious and spiritual community leaders to embrace clean energy technologies as a way to give back to the community and help protect those in need who are most severely affected by dirty methods of energy production, and encourage them to embrace clean energy as a part of their lifestyle.
Russian (B.A.) Energy Policy Analyst Analyze the story of the Russian energy transition, and explore the various frameworks set in place (regulatory, legal, financial, etc) to determine which policies were successful, and analyze the political and economical context of the world’s largest non-renewable natural resource stockpile.
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (B.A.) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for increased success rates for energy transition projects; learn the successful initiatives and policies launched by neighbouring countries with similar geographical and geopolitical background to determine the transferability of such policies and the possibilities for an international collaboration.
Sociology (B.A.) Environmental Sociologist Studies society-environment interactions such as the environmental movement, how people in societies perceive environmental problems, the relationships between population, health, and the environment, globalization, and the mechanisms behind environmental injustice. https://www.environmentalscience.org/career/environmental-sociologist
South Asian Studies (second major only) Regional Expert Consultant Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to provide insight into a particular region, analyzing the language, cultural beliefs, social structure, and local customs to allow for increased success rates for electrification projects.
Spanish (B.A.) Translation Expert Assist survey teams, particularly in countries where Spanish is a predominant language (Mainly countries in Latin America), to develop questions on rural electrification initiatives and help with the data collection and development of communication strategies.
Statistics and Data Science (B.A. or B.S.) Data Scientist Create models to help understand, validate, and analyze large amounts of data, as well as tagging and synthesizing large-scale data into usable data sets by government agencies, non-profits, institutions, and other researchers.
Theater and Performance Studies (B.A.) Theater Director Direct plays that focus on exploring energy justice and climate change, and raise public awareness of important issues surrounding the energy transition.
Urban Studies (B.A.) City Planner Develop city plans and account for factors such as increased energy use, expansion of current territories, racial and economical inequalities, green spaces, and energy transmission and generation; incorporate clean energy policies into the design while maintaining the aesthetics, the sustainability, and the “feel” of the city or region.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (B.A.) Energy Justice Associate Work with developers, governments, and nonprofits to develop energy policies, financing models, and products that take into account gender inequalities and allow for increased energy and environmental justice; increase engagement with women to provide more opportunities in the field of energy.

 

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