Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, a tool to compare states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy, found more than two million job postings in the green energy sector in quarters one and two of 2014 alone. This is almost an 88 percent increase from the first and second quarters in 2013. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.
Ecotech Institute created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry.
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index Q1 and Q2 2014
Number of U.S. Clean Jobs Postings in Q1 and Q2 2014:
2,637,133 (an 87.5 percent increase from Q1 and Q2 2013)
Number of New Clean Jobs since January 1, 2014:
Ecotech Institute Prepares Graduates for these Growing Clean Energy Jobs:
- 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
“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.”
Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state. Although it may indicate a greater possibility for employment in the clean economy sector, the Clean Jobs Index in no way indicates the presence or the promise of any specific job opportunities. Data for the Index is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council.