BNET: The Energy MBA

The recession hasn’t yet slowed demand for management talent in the energy sector — though the opportunities aren’t all coming from traditional oil and gas. As the industry confronts potentially transformative changes in everything from government policies and economic models, to the very sources the country will tap for energy, MBAs are leaning into careers in alternative energy and clean technology. “Energy used to be hidden in the ‘other’ category of job placement,” says Mark Friedfeld, a career advisor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Now the energy industry takes up its own slice of the overall placement pie — more than 5 percent. “We haven’t seen the erosion [in jobs] that we’ve seen in other sectors — it’s a solid area.

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