Interested in a Green Energy Job? |
By Mike Rollins | vice president of sales and a veteran of the United States Navy |
Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
If you want to go green in your career and you find the energy industry attractive, take a look at the Green Career Information site, http://www.bls.gov/green/greencareers.htm, of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the United States Department of Labor. This site has links to several articles on green-energy jobs, including “Energy Auditors,” “Careers in Electric Vehicles,” “Careers in Solar Power,” and “Careers in Wind Energy.”
The map below is from the last of these, http://www.bls.gov/green/wind_energy/wind_energy.pdf, which was published in September 2010. As you will note, my home state of Texas, along with Iowa and California, look pretty strong in wind-power generation. And in fact, they rank 1-2-3. But there are wind-energy jobs in almost every state.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (www.awea.org), about 85,000 Americans worked in the wind-energy industry and related fields in 2009. About 21% worked in the manufacture of wind turbines – the propeller-like devices that use the wind to generate electric power. Most of that manufacturing took place in traditional manufacturing regions of the Great Lakes and Midwest as well as the Southeast.
Eleven percent of the wind-energy jobs were in construction, 5% in operation and maintenance, and the remaining 63% in categories that included some manufacturing, parts-related services, financial and consultant services, development and development services, contracting and engineering services, and transportation and logistics.
The wind-energy industry is small, but it is growing rapidly. According to the United States Energy Administration, a part of the Department of Energy, wind power accounted for 1.9% of the total power generation in 2009, 2.3% in 2010, and 2.9% in 2011.