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Energy Sources: Here's Where You'll Find the Infomation You'll Need

By Erdin Beshimov

If you're a student or recent graduate looking to learn about careers in energy and utilities and careers in environmental protection, here are some resources you may find helpful.

The U.S. Department of Energy website

What it is: Government Agency Website

Where it's at: ?

Benefits: This site has a wealth of information on important aspects of energy.? It also features frequent press releases and photo galleries on recent developments in the energy field, energy saving tips, and it also lets you learn more about energy in your home state.? Sign up for the email updates.

Drawbacks:? If you're not skeptical about government-produced information, you will love the site for its wealth of information and ease of navigation.?

Energy (Careers in Focus), 2nd edition

Price: $22.95 on

Publisher: Ferguson Publishing Company (2006).

What it is: Guide to careers in the energy sector.?

Where it's at: Bookstores, libraries, the Internet.?

Benefits:? This book provides a comprehensive overview of various careers in the energy sector, including chemical engineers, geophysicists, metallurgical engineers, nuclear engineers, petroleum engineers, radiation protection technicians, and others.? The book also includes a guide to careers in renewable energy, which is a great resource given the importance of this topic.? There are also interviews with industry professionals.?

The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century by Environmental Careers Organization

Price: $19.66 on

Publisher: Island Press (November 1998)

What it is: A guide to careers in environmental conversation and protection, waste management, and more.?

Where it's at:? Bookstores, libraries, the Internet.

Benefits: This book provides a useful overview of environment issues and talks about some of the challenges that you may want to help solve.? It examines an entire spectrum of career fields such as planning, education and communications, energy management and conservation, fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, land and water conservation, and others.? You will also find in this book a number of individual profiles and learn about what they do in their day-to-day work and how they broke into their fields.

Drawbacks:? None.?

American Petroleum Institute website

What it is: National Trade Association website

Where it's at:

Benefits:? This site offers substantial information on the oil and gas industry: current policy, environmental and safety issues, industry statistics, and more.? API also hosts another site <> that specifically helps educators and students to learn more about energy, recent technological advances and challenges.?

Drawbacks:? This site has a wealth of information both for those just starting to learn about energy and for those with some experience in the field.? Just remember that it's a trade association paid by and lobbying on behalf of the industry.

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