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Geothermal Production Managers

At a Glance

  • Must have good engineering and management skills
  • Work both with people and with data
  • Work both indoors, in plants, and outdoors, when visiting well fields
  • Have at least a two-year degree
  • Have several years of experience in the field before working as a manager

Career summary

Geothermal production managers oversee work at geothermal power plants. They maintain and monitor geothermal equipment for efficient and safe plant operations.

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Geothermal power uses heat generated by the Earth's core to provide energy. Geothermal plants use steam and hot water to generate electricity.

Geothermal production managers oversee work at the power plant and off-site locations. They supervise workers at the plant. They develop operating plans and schedules for production. They maintain daily logs and maintenance reports.

They monitor the systems' performance and follow maintenance procedures. They inspect the plant and well fields to make sure equipment is operating properly. Managers troubleshoot problems and make minor repairs. When major repairs are required they call in geothermal technicians.

Geothermal production managers make sure the plant is in compliance with regulations. They write compliance reports and apply for permits for construction, upgrades, and operations when required. They ensure the plant meets safety and environmental impact standards.

Production managers develop and manage budgets for plant operations. They look for ways to make the production systems more efficient by making improvements to equipment and methodologies.

They also negotiate interconnection agreements with other utilities. They also communicate with land owners and local government officials.

Related careers

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster of careers.

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to geothermal production managers.

Common work activities

Geothermal production managers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, geothermal production managers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Geothermal production managers frequently:

It is important for geothermal production managers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for geothermal production managers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Geothermal production managers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

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To work as a geothermal production manager, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Geothermal production managers usually have an associate or bachelor's degree and related work experience. However, because of the specialized nature of this job, ideal candidates have a bachelor's degree in engineering or business. A bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) is good preparation for this occupation.

Work experience

In general, employers prefer to hire people who have several years of experience in the heating and cooling industry. It helps if some of your time is spent as a supervisor.

On-the-job training

Many employers offer training specific to geothermal energy as well as the company's products and policies. The length of training varies by employer.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from your state's graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for applicants with several years of experience in this field or in heating and cooling. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or business are highly desired.

Employers prefer to hire geothermal production managers who are creative and analytical. They look for people who can solve problems and work with abstract ideas. Oral and written communication skills are also important. Employers look for people who can work as part of a team. Employers also prefer geothermal production managers who have strong computer skills.

Costs to workers

Some workers join professional associations, which may have annual dues. Managers are usually expected to have professional attire. Some must pay for continuing education courses to improve and learn new management skills. Managers who desire certification may have to pay for additional education and testing to become certified.


Typically, workers who install, test, and maintain electrical systems are required to have an electrician's license. Check with your state for information about local licensing requirements.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Salaries vary greatly by employer and plant size. In addition to salary, geothermal production managers may receive bonuses for good job performance.

Geothermal production managers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

National wage information is not available specifically for geothermal production managers. However, they are part of the larger group of "industrial production managers."

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

Currently, there is no specific statewide outlook information available for geothermal production managers.

Nine western states have operational geothermal generation plants.  At this time there are no plants operating or planned for construction in Washington State.

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National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to show little to no change. As facilities adapt to leaner production models employment of workers and managers may be equally affected. The increased use of renewable energy may create some jobs. 

Opportunities will be best for those with a degree in engineering or business.

Employment and outlook information is not available specifically for geothermal production managers. However, they are part of the larger group of "industrial production managers."

Other resources

American Public Power Association (external link)
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (external link)
901 D Street SW, Suite 930
Washington, DC 20024
Society of Women Engineers (external link)
130 East Randolph Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601
US Department of Energy (external link)
(Renewable energy information - geothermal energy)


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Holland occupational cluster