An interactive Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Career Map has been launched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to connect users to hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell industry career opportunities.
This tool was launched by the department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and will enable users of all ages to discover both traditional and non-traditional career opportunities.
The information that is presented within each occupational profile was synthesised from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labour, Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Handbook of Occupational Groups & Families, according to the FCTO.
Examples of the information users might find within each of the career map’s occupational profiles include: position description, education, training and other qualifications.
More than 40 careers displayed in the career map spans across the H2 and fuel cells sectors. Among these sectors include research and development, engineering and manufacturing, operations and management as well as communications, training and outreach.
The positions available for each of these sectors are classified by levels of experience, and as previously mentioned, include information pertaining to the occupational profile of each career. Furthermore, the map includes pathways to show potential routes for advancement or transition between sectors.
Additionally, this tool encourages workforce development in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field by making details about H2 and fuel cell technology careers, skills and education requirements for each career easily accessible to the public, reported Green Car Congress.
In addition to the launch of this uniquely interactive Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Career Map, this past summer, the DOE showed more support for H2 and fuel cell projects by awarding $38m in funds. According to a Hydrogen Fuel News report, these funds supported a total of 28 projects, including both new H2 projects and projects related to fuel cells technologies.