The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) released its newest study on US green jobs.
According to their Executive Director, Brad Collins, it is their most detailed analysis to date and provides a sector-by-sector analysis of the green economy. For a look at the complete report, go to www.ases.org/greenjobs. Here is a snapshot of its findings:
- As many as 37 million jobs can be generated by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in the U.S. by 2030 — more than 17 percent of all anticipated U.S. employment.
- The renewable energy industry grew more than three times as fast as the U.S. economy in 2007 (not including hydropower). Renewable energy is also growing more rapidly than the energy efficiency industry, but the energy efficiency industry is currently much larger than the renewable energy industry.
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency currently provide more than 9 million jobs and $1,045 billion in revenue in the U.S. (2007). The previous year (2006) renewable energy and energy efficiency represented 8.5 million jobs and $972 billion in revenue.
- Hottest sectors include solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, biofuels, and fuel cells (in terms of revenue growth).
- Hot job areas include electricians, mechanical engineers, welders, metal workers, construction managers, accountants, analysts, environmental scientists, and chemists. The vast majority of jobs created by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries are in the same types of roles seen in other industries (accountants, factory workers, IT professionals, etc).
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency can create millions of well-paying jobs, many of which are not subject to foreign outsourcing. These jobs are in two categories that every state is eager to attract — college-educated professional workers (many with advanced degrees), and highly skilled technical workers.