Careers In Renewables
It can be challenging at best to find a new job. One method of improving your odds is to find an opportunity in clean energy. This is one of the fastest growing industries today.
In recent United States Dept. Of Energy reports, there are 6.4 million American’s that are working in the energy sectors today, of those 6.4 million, 300,000 of those jobs were just added last year. A large percentage of these new jobs are in the renewable energy and the efficiency sectors.
Let’s take a moment and examine some of those fast-growing jobs in the energy sector.
Wind Turbine Technician
The Wind Turbine industry has added in 25,000 new jobs in the past year. This industry now boasts 102,000 employees. A Wind Turbine Technician is the fastest growing job in the Nation per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in this sector are anticipated to continue growing by 108 percent by the year 2024.
If you wish to learn more about potential jobs in the Wind Turbine industry, you can check out the DOE Wind Career Map.
Over 73,000 jobs have been added to the Solar Installer industry and by the year 2016, they anticipate a 25 percent increase in jobs. It’s estimated that approximately one out of every 50 jobs created will be created in the solar industry.
The growth in this industry has sparked a vast number of opportunities for a variety of professionals even in real estate and of course, sales. At the core of these changes are the trending numbers for technology jobs and ads the growth continues, they will require more to install solar panels and units and to set things up and help consumers convert over to solar energy in their homes and businesses.
If you wish to learn more about solar power and installation professionals you can go to the DOE Solar Career Map and learn more.
Clean Car Engineer
There are more alternatives to fuel hitting the market today than ever before. There are many great opportunities that are related to sustainable transportation. Today, over 259,000 Americans are working with such industries. Such vehicles include both cars and trucks that run on hydrogen, electricity and other forms of alternative energy including natural gas.
As the demand for more economical cars grows, so will the job market. Cars that give off less pollution will require skilled engineers and technicians to keep going. DOE has a goal to help improve the next generation of cars that run on such forms of alternative fuel. Their long-term goal is to improve the statistics and offer courses at universities to encourage students to apply for such creative and technical job courses to improve and continue the design of energy efficient high-performance cars and trucks.
For more detailed information, check out EcoCAR 3 Competition at the General Motors Proving Grounds located in Yuma, Arizona. You can learn more about the DOE’s detailed plan on their homepage.
At this point in time, there are approximately 1.4 million energy-efficient jobs available in the construction industry. There has also been an increase in construction firms that are spending time on improving energy efficiency. this is a huge increase over the previous years where 65 percent of the jobs were in sustainable building in 2016.
In order to build more sustainable houses and buildings, it will require a wide array of expertise in professional designs and professional construction. It’s going to require architects as well as carpenters, engineers, and even heavy equipment operators.
DOE has a wide array of competitors that wish to focus on the creativity of the industry leaders including Solar Decathlon, that will, in turn, challenge the collegiate teams in their designs, and the focus on building and operating solar homes. There are many programs that are focusing on helping students in this industry. You can read more about a career in this area on the nPower blog.
Additionally, there are a lot of great job potentials for buildings that already exist and are energy efficient. Many great organizations have gone on to adopt such goals and practices. With a growing network, there will be many more jobs in this industry.
Via Better Buildings Initiative, the DOE is helping to create and establish guidelines for the proper workforce credentials for such job positions.