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Thinking About a Career in Solar?

The U.S. solar market continues its dazzling story, shattering all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. Now there is an updated tool to help you share with students and other stakeholders more about this rapidly advancing and changing industry.

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The Real Faces of the Solar Workforce

Produced in conjunction with the interactive Solar Career Map are five short videos with 18 solar professionals that put real faces behind an expanding universe of solar energy occupations.

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A Better Understanding of Solar Jobs

As I write, there are many encouraging trends that point to continued growth and opportunity for the solar industry. The extension of the Investment Tax Credit, the historic Paris Agreement and the consistently impressive numbers from The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census, all indicate that the force is very much with the solar industry. The growing excitement about a solar future is reflected in questions we’ve received from attendees on recent webinars IREC’s hosted about the Solar Career Map.

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New State Solar Jobs Census Complements National Report

An updated State Solar Jobs Census was released this week by the Solar Foundation, featuring 2015 solar jobs data and information for every state in the U.S. A follow-up to the National Solar Jobs Census released last month, this companion piece includes 14 stand alone state reports as well as a 51-state solar jobs compendium.

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IREC’s Solar Career Map: Beyond the Rooftop Installer       

IREC’s Solar Career Map is a dynamic 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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2016 Starts With Good News on Solar Jobs Growth 

IREC’s Solar Career Map charts a course for promotion or advancement through the modern solar industry. Full of valuable data about the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to perform 40 key solar jobs, the map also breathes life into these occupations, through the faces and stories behind this expanding universe.

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Webinar: Solar Career Map Unique Tool as Workforce Grows

Designed to demonstrate the breadth of the industry and its critical occupations, as well as the necessity for integrated solar training in a variety of related fields, the Solar Career Map emerged from a simple vision: high-quality work and high-quality jobs are critical to building a robust, high-quality solar industry.

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The Faces and Stories of Today’s Solar Workforce

With the solar industry adding jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy, just about the only certainty is change. IREC’s Solar Career Map features a dynamic, interactive interface – a 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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“Time keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’ into the Future”

What a difference five years makes. Since 2010, the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) has become the benchmark for building a highly qualified, well-trained solar workforce. Thanks to the vision and support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this cohesive network of nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs), IREC and DOE championed vitally relevant issues in workforce development and solar training and education.

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New Solar Career Mapping Tool Launched by IREC at Solar Power International

A new, highly interactive Solar Career Map launched by IREC, designed for workforce professionals, educators, policymakers and job seekers, explores an expanding universe of solar-energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well.

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