Energy Auditors
SOC: 13-1199.01


Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
998,000 employed

Projected (2024):
1,046,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Building Performance Consultant
  • Certified Energy Manager
  • Commercial Energy Auditor
  • Commercial Energy Rater
  • Energy Analyst
  • Energy Audit Advisor
  • Energy Auditor
  • Energy Conservation Representative
  • Energy Conservation Technician
  • Energy Consultant
  • Energy Control Officer
  • Energy Rater
  • Home Energy Auditor
  • Home Energy Inspector
  • Home Energy Rater
  • Home Performance Consultant
  • Residential Energy Auditor
  • Resource Conservation Manager
  • Resource Efficiency Manager

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Measure energy usage with devices such as data loggers, universal data recorders, light meters, sling psychrometers, psychrometric charts, flue gas analyzers, amp probes, watt meters, volt meters, thermometers, or utility meters.
  • Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
  • Inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
  • Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.
  • Analyze energy bills including utility rates or tariffs to gather historical energy usage data.
  • Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.
  • Calculate potential for energy savings.
  • Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.
  • Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.
  • Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
  • Educate customers on energy efficiency or answer questions on topics such as the costs of running household appliances or the selection of energy efficient appliances.
  • Identify and prioritize energy saving measures.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.
  • Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.
  • Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, door sweeps, or low flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.
  • Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.
  • Recommend energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
  • Examine commercial sites to determine the feasibility of installing equipment that allows building management systems to reduce electricity consumption during peak demand periods.
  • Identify any health or safety issues related to planned weatherization projects.
  • Inspect newly installed energy-efficient equipment to ensure that it was installed properly and is performing according to specifications.
  • Verify income eligibility of participants in publicly financed weatherization programs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air current testers
  • Blower doors
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Combustible gas monitors
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Dataloggers
  • Digital infrared thermometers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Draft gauges
  • Duct probe velometers
  • Electrical circuit tracers
  • Electricity monitors
  • Electronic hygrothermometers
  • Flue gas analyzers
  • Handheld digital thermometers
  • Heating system combustion analyzers
  • Infrared cameras
  • Insolation meters
  • Laptop computers
  • Light meters
  • Manometers
  • Personal computers
  • Recording anemometers
  • Sling psychrometers
  • Smoke generators
  • Smoke pens
  • Tablet computers
  • Two way radios
  • Volt meters
  • Water flow meters
  • Wattmeters
  • Abraxas Energy Consulting Metrix
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Architectural Energy Corporation ENFORMA Building Diagnostics
  • Architectural Energy Corporation REM/Rate
  • Architectural Energy Corporation VisualDOE
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk ECOTECT
  • C++
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Cool Roof Calculator
  • dBASE
  • DesignBuilder Software DesignBuilder
  • EffTec EffTrack
  • Elite Software Energy Audit
  • Enercom Energy Depot for Business
  • Enercom Energy Depot for Homes
  • Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
  • EnergyPlus
  • Facility Energy Decision Systems FEDS
  • Federal Renewable Energy Screening Assistant FRESA
  • Fielding Data Labs OptoMizer
  • Fundamental Objects foAudits
  • Good Steward Software EnergyCAP
  • Home Energy Efficient Design HEED
  • InterEnergy Software Building Energy Analyzer PRO
  • Itron Enterprise Energy Management EEM Suite
  • Linux
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft MapPoint
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Microsoft Word
  • MotorMaster+
  • Onset Computer Corporation HOBOware
  • Performance Systems Development TREAT
  • Program for Energy Analysis of Residences PEAR
  • Psychrometric chart software
  • Python
  • R
  • Retrofit Energy Savings Estimation Model RESEM
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
  • Stellar Processes EZ Sim
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The Weatherization Assistant
  • Trane TRACE
  • UNIX
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

  • business and financial operations

    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800