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Huge Surge in U.S. Clean Energy Jobs

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In a recent blog post, I discussed how there were 6.5 million people employed worldwide in renewable energy in 2013—a 14% increase from 2012. (Cue late-night infomercial voice…) But wait, there’s more!

We just reviewed employment data from our free online tool, the Clean Jobs Index, for the past year. The Jobs category of the Clean Jobs Index uses actual clean economy job numbers for each state, as provided by Burning Glass, a company founded by scientists and dedicated to leading technologies for matching people with jobs. Data is cross-referenced to “green jobs,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Drum roll, please…)

  • Clean Jobs 1/1/13 - 6/30/13: 1,406,166
  • Clean Jobs 1/1/14 - 6/30/14: 2,637,133

So, comparing total American clean/green jobs for the same six-month period, employment in the sustainability sector is up a whopping 88% in 2014 from 2013.

We also took a closer look at the numbers that are most relevant to graduates of America’s first Ecotech Institute, which offers much-needed hands-on training for renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs:

When was the last time you had an investment increase between 53% and 132% in a year’s time? Isn’t it time you invested in a clean, green career? We are training the technicians who are going to be installing the solar panels, repairing the wind turbines, and commissioning the energy-efficient homes and buildings of tomorrow’s clean, renewable energy economy.

Kyle G. Crider (MPA, LEED AP ND) is a professional science and sustainability “story teller.” In his spare time he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary (Environmental Health) Engineering and traveling the highways and by-ways of home state with his wife Beverly in search of fact, fiction, and folklore for Strange Alabama.