Clean Edge 2009 Clean Energy Trends Report Focuses on Employment Opportunities in the Clean-Tech Industry; It’s a Pretty Picture

It’s scholarly, replete with eye-popping possibilities, a compelling page turner.

The latest John Grisham novel?

Say hello to Clean Tech Job Trends 2009, the latest report from Clean Edge Research, expounding on jobs–clean-tech, well-paying jobs emerging in the U.S., and by any stretch, it’s a very pretty picture.

Clean Edge defines clean tech jobs as “…those that are a direct result of the development, production, and/or deployment of technologies that harness renewable materials and energy sources; reduce the use of natural resources by using them more efficiently and productively; and cut or eliminate pollution and toxic wastes.”

That’s a big tent.

According to Clean Edge research, the solar PV industry alone now represents some 200,000 direct and indirect jobs globally.  Wind power includes more than 400,000 direct and indirect jobs globally.

For this report, Clean Edge conducted the first annual survey of clean-tech jobs with PayScale, a leading publisher of global compensation data, to determine the median salary and wage compensation for a range of clean-tech jobs.  Whether you’re a solar photovoltaic (PV) system installer, wind-turbine technician, building maintenance engineer, insulation worker,  HVAC service technician,  energy-efficiency software developer, green building designer, or clean-energy marketer, expect to pull down anywhere from $36K-$106K, depending on education and level of skill.

Because clean energy technologies aren’t specific to any one region, the opportunities for clean tech jobs are limitless.  The report identified 15 of the top metropolitan areas in the U.S., from San Francisco to New York to Seattle to Austin.

Global clean-tech companies are a leading source of clean tech jobs.  Of the top 10, four are located in the U.S., three are China-based. and three are European.  Just recently, Chinese PV manufacturer SunTech just announced plans to locate an 80,000-100,000 square foot plant in Phoenix and hire 75 workers.

Drilling down further, the report identified five trends that act as a backdrop for the proliferation of clean tech jobs, with a case study for each of these trends.  They cross-reference job titles, top headlines and select organizations on the move.

–conservation and efficiency
–aging worker population
–clean tech educational opportunities
–public financing methodologies
–online resources including networking organizations, job resource guide, books, websites, job reports–you could spend hours–days even–studying, reading, connecting.

This is one great report.

Think I’ll read it again.

Kudos, Clean Edge team, for this trove of information about the remarkable and limitless possibilities for nurturing a clean tech workforce right here at home, and, it seems, in our lifetime.


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