Earth Day always means a great deal to us here at Ecotech Institute. It’s an honor to be part of an industry where students, faculty and alumni strive to make an impact not only for our planet, but our economy as well. This is a growing field, with jobs on the rise as more and more people realize that it’s imperative to start figuring out the best means to use renewable resources.
As we celebrate Earth Day 2015, we want to continue to be on the forefront of helping lead our nation toward an energy efficient world, where renewable resources are used responsibly and effectively.
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy comes from something that has an infinite life. Examples of renewable energy are wind and solar power. These forces are provided by nature and can be captured to help power homes and businesses around the world.
Are there jobs available in renewable energy?
Ecotech Institute helps educate the next generation of leaders in this space by providing students and alumni with the knowledge and hands-on experience they’ll need to lead the way in renewable energy.
In fact, according to Indeed, more than 170,000 people work in the solar industry in the United States. That’s actually up nearly 22 percent from 2013. When comparing this growth rate to the economy overall, solar is growing 10 times faster than other industries.
As for job postings, Indeed shows that those increased by 43 percent from 2013 to 2014.
When looking at wind, according to recent reports, the Obama administration says wind could supply 35 percent of electricity in the U.S. by 2050. Right now that number is at 4.5%.
The U.S. Department of Energy says that today 75,000 people work in wind at more than 550 manufacturing plants across 44 states in the U.S.
If you’re trying to decide if a career in wind or solar is right for you, check out Ecotech Institute’s Wind Power Technology Program and Solar Energy Technology Program. You’ll also want to download Ecotech Institute’s eBooks on wind and solar.