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Friday, January 11, 2019

2019 Fastest Growing Jobs Are in Renewable Energy


Young woman and young man solar technicians installing solar panels.

If you’re looking for a job in 2019, you may want to consider the field of renewable energy. 

Renewable energy as a whole had a good year in 2018, in this country and around the world. With more growth in, and adoption of, solar and wind energy, jobs in renewable energy will continue to increase. And, that also means good things for the community where the jobs are, like cleaner air. 

There are more than three million clean energy jobs in the United States. According to cleanjobscount.org, “these workers install solar panels atop our homes and commercial buildings; manufacture wind turbines and reduce wasted energy by making our homes, schools, and offices more energy efficient. And they work in every zip code in the country.” 

Overall, the renewable energy market continues to expand as the demand for a clean, sustainable energy grows, and with it, comes jobs. 

Top Jobs and Where They Are 

Which jobs are the fastest growing in this country? Solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine service technicians continue to be two of the fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

And, those two jobs are also good jobs—they pay higher than the U.S. average. People with a wide range of backgrounds can join the clean energy workforce—such as military veterans. The American wind industry hires veterans at a rate 72 percent higher than the national average

Some communities are specifically and deliberately fostering renewable energy job growth, including the rural Midwest, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, and in urban Chicago, among others. 

State Leaders Support Renewable Energy 

With the 2018 midterm elections, more lawmakers are increasingly supportive of renewable energy and are expressing that support through funding and legislation. Twenty-nine states already have renewable portfolio standards, which requires the increased production of energy from renewable energy sources, and that number is only expected to grow. 

A group of clean energy groups are urging Congress to give energy storage the same tax incentives that wind and solar already benefit from—something that could further boost innovation, decrease cost, and dramatically increase the amount of installed wind and solar capacity. 

Also exciting is that a growing number of members of Congress are signing on to support the Sunrise Movement—a proposed Green New Deal supporting renewable energy. Like Roosevelt’s New Deal in the ‘30s, this would include a massive public works program boosting jobs and the economy. But, unique to the Green New Deal, that economic growth would also transition the nation away from a fossil fuels-driven system to one that is renewables based; drastically reducing carbon emissions. 

Battery Storage Jobs Could Be the Next Big Thing 

Related to renewable energy, large scale batteries that can store wind and solar energy, are gaining in demand. The United States leads the world in energy storage, and that’s also a market that can expect booming growth—and with it jobs—over the next few years. 

You Can Support Clean Energy Jobs by Becoming a CleanChoice Energy Customer 

When you become a customer of CleanChoice Energy, you’re supporting the growth of clean energy jobs in the region where you live—while also shrinking your carbon footprint and helping to reduce air pollution. 

CleanChoice Energy supplies customers with 100% renewable energy from wind and solar power. Learn how you can switch to clean energy today for your home’s electricity! 


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