The US clean job sector has skyrocketed in recent months according to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, pushing past two million job postings in the first half of 2014 alone, which amounts to an 88% increase over the same period a year earlier.
The report highlights clean jobs as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources. A total of 2,637,133 jobs were posted through the first half of 2014, an 87.5% increase over the same time a year earlier, including 1.2 million jobs since the beginning of the year.
Split up across the industry, it’s good news no matter what sector you’re looking for;
- Power Utility Technology: 132 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Solar Energy Technology: 116 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Electrical Engineering Technology: 74 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Wind Energy Technology: 65 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Facility Management: 64 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Renewable Energy Technology: 63 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Energy Efficiency: 53 percent increase in jobs from 2013
The Clean Jobs Index tracks US states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy, and was created “to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry” in the US.
“This Clean Jobs Index really demonstrates the rapid growth of the sustainable energy industry,” said Chris Gorrie, academic dean at Ecotech Institute. “Almost double the clean jobs were posted in the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013.
“Ecotech Institute is the only educational institution out there that’s entirely focused on this space, and makes sure students are prepared for these available green energy jobs.”