Public power utilities across the U.S. employ more than 93,000 people. Under a strategic initiative for workforce development, the American Public Power Association helps member utilities take on challenges in four areas — recruitment and retention, succession planning and staff development, diversity, and establishing sound human resource policies.

Association members can access workforce development resources and templates here.

Resources for students and the emerging public power workforce

DEED scholarships: our research and demonstration program, DEED (Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments) offers scholarships to post-secondary students who are interested in working at a public power utility.  Visit our DEED web pages to learn more.

Apprenticeships: apprenticeship programs offer high school graduates interested in skilled-trade positions an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career with the electric utility. These programs combine classroom coursework with on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced employees. Many utilities have apprenticeship programs for lineworkers, machinists, electricians, meter electricians and utility construction workers. Visit our online job board to see what kinds of opportunities are available at public power utilities.

Utility jobs: check out APPA's active online job board to see the job descriptions and qualifications for a variety of jobs in the electric utility industry. The job board also offers a free resume posting and resume building service for job seekers to upload their resume so employers can search those on file when job opportunities are available. There is also a job search resource center with tips on interviewing, changing careers and navigating social media. Please login to access all the job seeker resources.

Association membership: this is available to undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry. More detailed information on the membership is located here.

Videos on careers in public power: learn more about careers in public power — Introduction, Linework, Customer Service, Heading a Department.

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