Work in Renewables
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Work in wind
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment of wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, is projected to grow 96% during the next eight years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Job prospects continue to be excellent. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines.
Technology programs at universities and vocational training schools are heeding the demand for more workers in this growing field.
Renewable energy creates jobs in Nebraska. The wind industry has created 3,001-4,000jobs in Nebraska. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that wind turbine service technicians will be the fastest growing job in a decade with 108 percent growth rate. Due to the growing demand for jobs in the wind energy sector, there are many workforce training and education resources available in Nebraska:
- University of Nebraska hosts a Wind Application Center and offers a minor in Energy Services. The Energy Sciences minor comprises four introductory core courses that provide a comprehensive overview of energy in society, fundamental energy principles, the economics of energy, and environmental issues related to producing and using energy. In addition to four core classes, a set of three to five upper division, discipline-oriented elective courses will be developed for each of four thematic areas: energy and natural resources, plant and animal bioenergy, energy engineering and energy economics, policy and human dimensions.
- Northeast Community College offers a diploma in Wind Energy. The turbine installation is part of an ongoing effort to grow the wind energy program at Northeast, which was recently expanded and now offers a 2-year associate degree. The college also offers a one-year, 41-credit-hour program.
- Western Nebraska Community College offers a Wind Energy Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with the training to apply technical skills to operate, maintain and repair wind turbines.
Follow the sun
Solar power is becoming more cost-effective and has the potential to make up a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs. As the industry expands in usage, it also has a growing need for more workers—manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants, solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels, and so on.
Read more about Solar Power Careers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.