The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has good news for whoever is looking for a job in the clean energy industry, reporting that thousands of solar jobs will be created in 2011. The fact is based on a census of American workers estimating a number of 24,000 positions to be available in the year to come.
As from August 2010, there were approximately 100,000 solar jobs in the U.S., twice as many than the previous year. This is a clear growth in the economy of renewable energy sector.
The Solar Foundation made a survey among the solar energy firms. Most of them would make new additions to their workforce during next year and only 2% would lay off workers.
The following shows some examples of solar jobs that will be created:
- Solar installation: PV installers, solar electricians and roofers with solar experience
- Wholesale, trade
- Other solar industry functions: energy auditors, solar designers, engineers and technicians
The states that offer the most employment opportunities in the solar industry include California, Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Michigan. More job offers can be found at the jobs fairs where the renewable energy companies show their open positions.