Ecotech Institute’s Wind Energy Technology Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently featured in a thought-provoking article by U.S. News & World Report. The piece highlights Van Slyke’s first encounter with wind turbines, which inspired him to learn more about the technology, and provides an informative overview of the wind turbine technician (a.k.a. wind tech) profession.
Here are some of the impressive statistics about this profession as reported by U.S. News & World Report:
- Wind Turbine Technician ranks #1 in Best Maintenance & Repair Jobs and #65 in The 100 Best Jobs overall
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,800 new wind turbine technician jobs will be added between 2014 and 2024, which amounts to about 108 percent growth rate*
- A wind tech’s median salary is $51,050
- The unemployment rate among wind techs is 5.1 percent
Check out the full story, which includes detailed salary information and advice from real wind turbine technicians.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, published December 17, 2015. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.