Think solar energy has yet to truly catch on in this country? U.S. employment records say otherwise.
Last year the U.S. Department of Energy determined the number of Americans working in solar electricity generation surpassed the combined number working in oil, coal and gas. Solar power workers accounted for 43 percent of all energy workers – 374,000 individuals compared to 187,000 (22 percent) employed in fossil fuels. Analysts attributed the shift to construction growth aimed at expanding power generation capacity. Solar generation added 73,615 jobs to the U.S. economy last year, increasing its total electricity generation by 5,000 percent.
“It’s a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute [the] assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy,” noted Niall McCarthy in Forbes.
A Sunny Outlook for Solar Energy Careers
That trend is expected to continue in 2018. As the electrical industry ramps up its green technology initiatives, more than 120,000 electrician jobs are slated to become available nationwide between 2014 and 2024. Many will focus on alternative energy technologies like fuel cells, photovoltaic systems and wind turbines and their applications in residential and commercial settings. The profession of electrician was also recently tabbed for “Green/Increased Demand” in occupational database Onetonline.org.
Lincoln Tech Schools Offer Training for Solar Energy Careers
To help meet demand, Lincoln Tech offers hands-on solar energy training through its Electrical and Renewable Technology programs at three of its campuses: East Windsor, New Britain and Shelton, all in Connecticut. Students perform real work in labs and shop classes on wiring connector boxes, service panels, light fixtures and alarm systems. Training also builds experience in residential, industrial and commercial wiring on circuit boards, lights, switches and appliances. After graduation and licensing, electricians can pursue solar energy careers as independent contractors or work with residential, commercial or industrial construction firms across the nation.
This year, power up your own career prospects – get plugged into hands-on training for solar energy careers at Lincoln Tech’s Connecticut campuses!