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Table 1

Examples of emerging jobs, salaries, and education and training requirements in the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.

Occupational title Average salary (2016$) Minimum educational requirements
Director of hydrogen energy development $138,000 Bachelor's (Business)
Hydrogen fueling station manager $56,300 Bachelor's (CE)
Hydrogen/fuel cell R&D director $129,000 Doctoral
Hydrogen fuel cell system technician $39,500 HSD/GED/OJT/TS/apprenticeship
Junior hydrogen energy technician $23,400 HSD/GED/OJT/TS/apprenticeship
Fuel cell engineering intern $6,800 HSD/GED/OJT/apprenticeship
Fuel cell manufacturing technician $45,650 Associate's
Fuel cell fabrication and testing technician $45,800 Associate's
Hydrogen power plant installation, operations, engineering, and management $69,700 Bachelor's (EE, ME, CE)
Hydrogen energy systems designer $47,900 Apprenticeship/TS
Fuel cell plant manager $90,500 Bachelor's (EE, ME)
Hydrogen energy system operations engineer $68,100 HSD/GED
Hydrogen fueling station designer & project engineer $74,200 Bachelor's (Engineer)
Hydrogen fuel transporter − trucker $36,950 OJT
Hydrogen fueling station operator $29,700 OJT
Hydrogen fuels policy analyst & business sales $56,200 Bachelor's (Business)
Hydrogen systems program manager $73,220 Bachelor's (Engineer)
Emissions accounting & reporting consultant $64,200 Bachelor's (various)
Fuel cell quality control manager $74,600 Master's (Science/Engineering)
Hydrogen pipeline construction worker $46,300 HSD/GED/OJT/TS/apprenticeship
Fuel cell designer $78,200 Master's (Science)
Hydrogen energy engineer $72,300 Bachelor's (Engineer)
Fuel cell power systems engineer $76,400 Master's (EE)
Fuel cell fabrication technician $23,150 HSD/GED/OJT/TS/apprenticeship
Hydrogen systems & retrofit designer $90,600 Bachelor's
Fuel cell retrofit installer $41,600 HSD/GED/OJT/TS apprenticeship
Fuel cell retrofit manufacturer plant labor $36,500 HSD/GED
Hydrogen vehicle electrician $44,800 HSD/GED/OJT/TS apprenticeship
Fuel cell vehicle development engineer $69,800 Bachelor's (Engineer)
Hydrogen systems safety investigator − cause analyst $88,350 Bachelor's (various)
Hydrogen lab technician $40,600 Associate's
Hydrogen energy system installer helper $23,200 HSD/GED
Hazardous materials management specialist $55,300 Bachelor's (Science)
Hydrogen energy system installer $31,500 HSD/GED/OJT/TS apprenticeship
Fuel cell power systems operator and instructor $50,900 HSD/GED/OJT/TS apprenticeship
Fuel cell backup power system technician $40,200 HSD/GED/OJT/TS apprenticeship
Senior automotive fuel cell power electronics engineer $69,700 Bachelor's (EE)
Emissions reduction credit portfolio manager $47,400 Bachelor's (Business)
Emissions reduction project developer specialist $63,450 Bachelor's (various)
Emissions reduction project manager $78,600 Bachelor's (various)
Hydrogen systems sales consultant $53,800 Bachelor's (Business)
Hydrogen plant operations manager $95,200 Bachelor's (EE, ME)

Source: Cavendish Energy LLC.

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