Energy brokers work for energy companies, utility companies, and energy brokerage agencies. They may also work as independent consultants. Approximately 2,200 energy brokers are employed in the energy industry.
Many brokers get their start through internships or entry-level jobs in energy brokerages or related companies. They receive on-the-job training for several months. They find jobs through employment Web sites such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, Monster, and SimplyHired, among others, as well as by contacting companies directly. Ask your school's career services office for help with finding internship and part-time job opportunities at energy brokerage firms.
Energy brokers with three or more years of successful work may advance by being assigned more territories to cover. They may become managers, responsible for hiring and overseeing the work of other brokers. Those with years of experience become district managers and vice presidents. Advancement may also come in the form of furthering their education, such as by getting an advanced degree or certification in specialized areas.
Tips for Entry
Get an internship or part-time job with an energy brokerage company. Contact companies directly or ask your school's career services office for assistance in finding opportunities.
Attend a conference or meeting of energy professionals to learn more about the field. Find upcoming events listed on professional associations' Web sites, such as the National Energy Marketers Association, https://www.energymarketers.com/events, and the Energy Professionals Association, https://www.tepausa.org/tepaevents.
Keep up with developments in the energy industry by reading articles on Web sites such as the Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com/news/business/energy-oil-gas.
Search for energy broker groups, companies, and jobs on LinkedIn.