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Sustainable American Energy Jobs Increase to 2022

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Thermal Energy Push to Mars

During August - September 2015, Thermal Energy accounted for approximately 12,000 job listings and increasing, especially among companies in the NASA Commercial Crew like BAE, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman. Thermal power may be an answer to cheaper, efficient fuel to explore the cosmos and to operate colony power plants - including space mining colonies.

Employment Trends 2012 - 2022

Many voices have shouted that there are no jobs in America, although major Job Search Engines listed at least 4,500,000+ job openings at any given point between Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011. Beginning in October 2012, job advertisements included five million jobs and rose to roughly seven to nine million advertised openings on any particular day. By mid-2014, the number hovered around nine million daily - new listings replacing filled positions.

Nine million jobs do not fulfill the needs of an even greater number of persons looking for work, but is a healthier number than was available in the first half of 2009. However, different jobs cluster in certain market areas and overall, not enough jobs for every unemployed job seeker are yet available.

Many small businesses closed during the Great Recession (2008 - 2010), but freelance work gained momentum and individuals began to open new businesses again in the coming years.

Many job seekers were looking for non-existent union jobs with related high wages.The era of those types of high paying jobs is likely over.

Others of the employed and unemployed bemoaned the lack of enough clean and sustainable energy jobs promised by the presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012; and, during subsequent State of the Union addresses. However, Renewable Energy is responsible for a large segment of new jobs advertised from 2014 forward.

Trends in Renewable Energy Job Listings - Peaks of 5,000% Increase

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Notice a decline followed by fluctuation in 2015, ending with a slight increase in job listings to 2,500% above baseline. Still a good increase over 2006.
Notice a decline followed by fluctuation in 2015, ending with a slight increase in job listings to 2,500% above baseline. Still a good increase over 2006.
Notice a decline followed by fluctuation in 2015, ending with a slight increase in job listings to 2,500% above baseline. Still a good increase over 2006. | Source

Notice a decline followed by fluctuation in 2015, ending with a slight increase in job listings to 2,500% above baseline. Still a good increase over 2006.

Oil Booms and New Sustainable Energy Jobs

Regardless of the sometimes gloomy economic atmosphere during 2000 - 2020, oil booms spread in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania at the same time and looked to increased energy jobs well past 2020.

In August - September 2012:

  • Natural Gas related jobs provided 170,055 advertised job listings..
  • Oil Field jobs numbered 145,000+.
  • Solar Power offered 14,000 jobs.
  • Thermal Power related jobs numbered 3,400.
  • Wind Power provided 3,000 job listings.

By December 2012, most of these figures increased again, with solar jobs advertised increasing by 300%.

By Autumn 2014, Renewable Energy job listings across the Internet surged well beyond those of previously years.

Where are the American jobs related to sustainable and renewable energy resources, petroleum and natural gas, and other forms of energy likely to increase through the 2010s and 2020s?

Highest Demand Jobs in Sustainability through 2022

  1. Project Managers, including senior positions
  2. Program Managers
  3. Product Managers, including senior positions
  4. Project Coordinators
  5. IT Project Manager
  6. Medical Technology Specialists
  7. Technical Project Managers
  8. Senior Firmware Engineers
  9. Electrical Engineer
  10. Energy Consultants
  11. Business Development Specialists
  12. Solar Business Representatives - Sales and Marketing

More specifically, high demand jobs in any energy field include:

  • Natural Gas - 55,000 jobs
  • Oil Field - 1,625,000+ jobs, including many Truck Driving positions requiring the CDL.
  • Solar Power - 91,000 jobs, many with the US Navy and Solarcity
  • Thermal Energy - Approximately 12,000 jobs and increasing, especially among companies in the NASA Commercial Crew like BAE, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman.
  • Wind Power - Approximately 4,000 jobs.
  • Hydroelectric Power - About 1,000 job listings

Top Renewable Energy Companies

  1. Kinder Morgan, Inc.
  2. Exelon
  3. Solar City
  4. GE and GE Energy
  5. Hess
  6. Alstom
  7. Consolidated Edison
  8. Xcel Energy
  9. Goal Zero
  10. Transport Service Co.
  11. CH2M HILL
  12. Power Home Remodeling Group
  13. WorleyParsons Group
  14. Parsons Corporation
  15. Power-One
  16. First Solar
  17. MCFA Planning
  18. Ameresco

Highest Demand Job Locations

Renewable Energy jobs in America increased from 9,700 to 19,633 jobs advertised from mid-2011 through mid-2014 alone.

Places in which the largest numbers of these jobs are advertised through the end of 2017 are:

  1. Houston and Austin, Texas
  2. Golden and Denver CO
  3. Washington DC
  4. Boston MA
  5. San Francisco and San Diego, California
  6. Phoenix AZ
  7. Portland OR
  8. NYC New York
  9. Chicago, Illinois
  10. Anchorage, Alaska

Other High Demand Renewable Energy Jobs

Increasing "Green" Job Listings

  1. Operations Specialists
  2. Project Managers
  3. Green Writers
  4. Energy Advisors
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Engineering Technicians
  7. Truck Drivers
  8. Electrical Engineers
  9. Project Engineers
  10. Mechanical Engineers
  11. Account Managers
  12. Control Designers
  13. Account Executives
  14. Electrical Substation Project Engineers
  15. Business Development Managers

Hydroelectricity Employment

Highest demand jobs in hydroelectricity continue to be

  1. Electrical Engineer,
  2. Project Manager,
  3. Project Engineer,
  4. Mechanical Engineer,
  5. Mechanical Engineering Technician,
  6. Electronics Technician,
  7. Natural Resources Specialist, and
  8. Mechanical Superintendent.

These jobs are clustered largely within four US States - throughout California and New York; in Vancouver, Richland, and Okanogan, Washington; and in Umatilla, The Dalles, Goshen, and Malin, Oregon.

Niagara Falls, American Fall and Rock of Ages, circa 1898.
Niagara Falls, American Fall and Rock of Ages, circa 1898. | Source

Solar Energy Jobs Advertised Triple in 2012 and Exploded in 2014

In December 2012, 17,600+ jobs in Solar Energy were listed.4

  • Jobs advertised had already increased 1500% from 2006 - 2011, with 5,800+ jobs in Solar Energy. December 2012 saw a tripling of this number.

In September 2014, 308,300+ jobs were advertised and these include various insurance product sales needed to cover these businesses, inside and outside sales positions for selling the energy products, financing-type jobs, Information Technology work, and other related jobs.

In 2017, a transparent solar panel was developed.
In 2017, a transparent solar panel was developed. | Source

Solar Energy Jobs are Biggest in California

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High Demand Solar Energy Jobs

  1. CALIFORNIA: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fremont, San Mateo and San Jose
  2. Hillsboro, Oregon
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Atlanta, Georgia
  5. Houston and Austin, Texas
  6. NYC New York
  7. Beltsville MD
  8. Perrysburg OH
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Washington DC

Solar Energy jobs have increased at a rate that is higher than the increases in any of the other energies mentioned above. The largest number of these fast-increasing jobs are located in five major cities in California.

Nuclear Energy

These jobs comprise an average of 5,200+ monthly listings (Georgia, Texas, New York, and New Mexico).

Wind Energy

Advertised positions number over 8,000 monthly totals and are also located largely in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Indiana, and Florida. A new system of wind turbines began to appear along Interstate-75 in Northwestern Ohio in 2011.

Oil and Petroleum Production Show Steady Increases

Top locations included the following cities' list. Texas and Oklahoma as states offer the most opportunities.

  1. Houston, Dallas, Midland, San Antonio, and elsewhere in Texas
  2. Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK
  3. Newtown, Williston, Bismarck, and Minot in North Dakota
  4. Los Angeles, Bakersfield and San Diego CA
  5. Denver, Colorado
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7. New York City
  8. Atlanta GA
  9. Chicago
  10. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia PA

The USA awaits new developments in the Alaska Pipeline supply and the Alberta Pipeline supply that are planned to expand the available job base. Protests against the transport of oil tar sands from Alberta stand in the way.

The Canadian oil and natural gas supplies were to be piped to New Town, North Dakota to join the many new oil wells in production beginning 2012 - 2015. Oil Tar Sands were to go to Texas. New Town Area facilities can process both American and Canadian oil and gas, providing new jobs for many workers for decades.

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Best Locations of Natural Gas Jobs

  1. Houston, Dallas, Midland and elsewhere in Texas
  2. Denver
  3. Atlanta
  4. Oklahoma City
  5. San Francisco and San Diego CA
  6. Schenectady and NYC New York
  7. Greenville SC
  8. Pittsburgh and Allentown PA

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    • Didge profile image

      Didge 5 years ago from Southern England

      Nice hub, Patty Inglish, MS!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Once again you have shown the need for us to evolve to higher standards and seek industry sustainable employment. As for other jobs in America, true thousands are listed, but few are obtained. v/r

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      Darlene Matthews 6 years ago

      Solar energy jobs are what we need to steer our children toward to ensure our earth and future families can remain vital! Thanks for this.

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      nuc63x 6 years ago

      Brillant article. Your charts are great.

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      marshacanada 6 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Thanks for another relevant hub Patti,an interesting look at where the sustainable energy job market is going.Thanks for this excellent analysis of job openings which hopefully indicates a healthy sustainable energy trends.

      I always feel safer thinking about our future using wind, water and solar energy. However maybe some of these new hires in the nuclear energy field will discover great ways to improve safety in producing clean nuclear energy.

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Very informative and well written and organized hub. thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very informative on energy jobs.

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      Purplepassion1 6 years ago

      I love how well put together your hubs are and informative. They are such a pleasure to read and see. I wanted to let you know all your hard work is appreciated.

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      johnyjane 6 years ago from London

      Nice hub for energy sector jobs!

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      Judy HBerg 6 years ago

      Excellent and informative hub Patty. Thanks for writing this!

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      thehemu 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      that's really informative.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Thanks for information ;)

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Excellent hub Patty. Anyone looking for employment should subscribe to your excellent hubs. I'm not looking, but they are so filled with interesting information, I can't resist.

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