California had the most openings in renewable energy jobs, followed by Texas and New York
May 21, 2015 -Denver, Colo.-.-Ecotech Institute's Clean Jobs Index reported more than one million green energy job postings across the nation in the first quarter of 2015. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that clean jobs are jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. The classification also includes jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
Ecotech Institute, a school dedicated solely to renewable energy and sustainability, created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective information about renewable energy jobs and to compare states' use and development of clean and sustainable energy.
"As more businesses look for ways to conserve energy and renewables continue to gain traction, more jobs are becoming available," said Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute's President. "States have come to see clean energy sources as an important piece of infrastructure, opening the door to great opportunities in renewable energy."
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index Q1 2015
Number of U.S. Clean Jobs Postings in Q1 2015:
Top Three States with the Most Clean Jobs Openings:
California – 131,215 job openings
Texas – 90,281 job openings
New York – 71,748 job openings
States with the Highest Rise in Clean Jobs Openings, Compared to Q1 2014:
- Rhode Island
- New York
- North Carolina
States with Most Clean Jobs per 100,000 People:
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
Ecotech Institute's Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state. Although it may indicate a greater possibility for employment in the clean economy sector, the Clean Jobs Index in no way indicates the presence or the promise of any specific job opportunities. Data for the Index is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council.