If you are just entering the work force, it may seem like it is hard to know which direction to go. Which industries will have longevity? Which ones will soon be obsolete?
Well, one industry that has consistently shown astronomical growth and is good for the environment is solar energy. According to the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census, the U.S. solar industry now employs nearly 250,000 workers.
As of 2019, the National Solar Jobs Census found:
Here is what the National Solar Jobs Census also reports:
“The United States has 249,983 solar workers, defined as those who spend 50% or more of their time on solar-related work. The solar workforce added more than 5,600 jobs nationwide from 2018 to 2019.
American solar jobs have increased 167% over the past decade, adding 156,000 jobs. In the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased 44%, five times faster than job growth in the overall U.S. economy.
Solar jobs increased in 31 states in 2019. Florida led the nation for the number of jobs added, followed by Georgia, Utah, New York, and Texas.”
Solar energy jobs can also be measured by the time many people spend in their job working on some form of solar energy. Again, here is what the National Solar Jobs Census reports:
“Nationwide, an additional 94,549 workers spend some portion of their time on solar-related work, for a total of 344,532workers who spend all or part of their time in solar.
About two-thirds of U.S. solar workers (about 162,000) are employed at installation and project development firms. Others work in manufacturing, operations & maintenance, sales, and miscellaneous categories.
Women make up 26% of the solar workforce. Latino/Hispanic workers make up 17%, Asian workers make up 9%, and black or African American workers make up 6%. Eight percent of solar workers are military veterans.”
The bottom line is that jobs that provide good clean energy and help protect our environment are here to stay. And apparently, the industry is responding with some pretty big growth.
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