Powering Strong Communities


Public power utilities across the U.S. employ more than 96,000 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

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

Apprenticeships: High school graduates interested in skilled trade positions can develop the skills necessary to pursue a career with the electric utility through apprenticeship programs. These programs combine 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 opportunities are available.

Utility jobs: Check out our online job board to see job descriptions and qualifications for a variety of jobs in the electric utility industry. The job board offers a free resume posting and resume building service for job seekers, and allows employers to search the resumes on file when posting opportunities. A job search resource center offers tips on interviewing, changing careers, and navigating social media.

Association membership: this is available to undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry. Learn more.

Videos on careers in public power: Professionals share a bit about what they do at their jobs.

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