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The Energy Industry
If you read your local and national newspapers, you realize
that today's energy industry is facing many challenges.
Lawmakers, lobbyists, industry leaders
and community members are seemingly at
odds about which types
of energy — clean coal,
solar, natural gas, wind
or nuclear — are the
best for sustaining our
environment for future
The national spotlight on energy issues
has opened up the
hiring market for the
industry like never
before. New careers in
research, field work,
project management
and innovation are there
for the taking.
A Changing
Employee Profile
Consider the statistics from the U.S.
Department of Energy’s
first annual analysis

of how changes in
America’s energy profile
are affecting national
employment in multiple
energy sectors.
The numbers show

a dramatic shift toward
renewable energy and
efficiency projects,
paving the path for new
college graduates, as
well as job-seekers

transitioning out of
other industries.
The DOE used a
combination of existing energy employment data and a new

survey of energy sector
employers to produce
its inaugural U.S. Energy and Employment
• 3.64 million Americans work in traditional energy industries,
including production,
transmission, distribution and storage.
• Of these, 600,000
employees contribute
to the production of
low-carbon electricity,
including renewable
energy, nuclear energy
and low-emission natural gas.
• An additional 1.9
million Americans are
employed, in whole or
in part, in energy efficiency.
• Roughly 30 percent of the 6.8 million
employees in the U.S.
construction indus-

try work on energy or
building energy efficiency projects.
Renewable Energy
Trying to decide
which sector of the energy industry offers the
most opportunity? The
solar and wind industries are each creating
jobs at a rate 12 times
faster than that of the
rest of the U.S. economy, according to a new
report published by the
Environmental Defense
Fund’s Climate Corps
The report shows
that solar and wind jobs
have grown at rates of
about 20 percent annually in recent years,
and sustainability now
collectively represents 4
to 4.5 million jobs in the
United States, up from
3.4 million in 2011.


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