The Solar Industry
Most people don’t know that more people in the U.S. are employed in the solar industry than in steel. And according to a July 2011 Brookings study, the annual average increase in jobs from 2003 to 2010 in the solar thermal and solar PV industries was 18.4% and 10.7% respectively – far higher than the overall growth of the national jobs market.
The projected rapid growth in the solar industry will be accompanied by a correlating need for more workers. Aside from the economic benefit, jobs in solar energy are a great way to not only earn a living, but also to support a cleaner environment.
A misconception is that solar energy jobs are all technical. But like any other industry, firms working in solar need a variety of employees, like researchers, manufacturers, installers, as well as legal, sales and marketing, and finance experts. In many cases, skills from other industries are transferable, such as for individuals in construction work, or in finance.