Looking for a rewarding career in a rapidly expanding industry? Try solar energy.
Solar jobs continue to become more and more available each year, with a wide range of positions available within the industry for all skill sets and education levels.
The demand for solar energy systems continues to rise, opening up the job market in the industry. According to the 2015 National Solar Jobs Census, published by The Solar Foundation, the solar industry is adding workers at a rate 12 times faster than the overall economy. The 209,000 current solar jobs nationwide already outnumber those in coal mining or oil and gas extraction, and more than double the number of solar jobs that existed in 2010.
And jobs are popping up all over the country. Nearly half of all U.S. states have at least doubled their solar workforce since 2012.
Solar energy jobs are more than just getting on a roof to instal solar panels. There are distribution centers, manufacturers, system design and more. Some professions will require a four year or advanced degree, but others have fewer requirements. Installers or other entry level positions may only require a basic solar training course, or at the very least give you a leg up on the competition.
As for pay? Solar installers, manufacturers, sales representatives, and other job categories all fall well above the national median wage.
Now is a great time to get started on your solar career while jobs continue to emerge. To find programs, check out the Solar Training Network and get your feet wet by doing your homework and making connections.