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Within the Smart Grid ecosystem, the time for human resources strategy development is now. Forward-thinking utilities, technology vendors, power engineering companies, universities, and government agencies will not try to reinvent the wheel, but rather leverage as many best practices as possible. This inaugural study by Zpryme and Smartgridcareers.com gives Smart Grid hiring managers the baseline data they need to start benchmarking their human capital strategy. The key findings and recommendations of this report will help utilities and Smart Grid vendors anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. Further, universities across the United States must begin to educate a new generation of energy leaders from diverse backgrounds in computer engineering, computer science, and engineering-focused IT.