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Wind Energy Jobs and How To Get Them

Updated on June 21, 2011

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing job opportunities today. The wind industry in the United States has been expanding at a rate of 35-40% per year for the last few years and is expected to continue to expand rapidly under the alternative energy-friendly leadership of President Obama.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the wind industry already employs 50,000 people in the United States, and this figure is expected to increase at least tenfold, to 500,000, by 2030.

Wind energy careers will be available in numerous fields to those with the interest and educational background to claim them.

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Job Opportunities in Wind Energy

The main areas of job growth in the wind industry are expected to include resource analysis, manufacturing, installation, and management, as well as research. A smaller number of jobs are expected to be created in areas such as public relations, human resources, and other support business personnel for wind energy companies.

Job Title Sampling

A sampling of wind energy job titles:

  • Wind resource analyist
  • Environmental impact analyist
  • Windsmith
  • Turbine R&D scientist
  • Crane operator
  • Large load tranportation specialist
  • Wind turbine technician
  • Construction manager
  • Proposal writer
  • Offshore developer

The wind industry will employ people with backgrounds in fields such as:

  • engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • construction
  • meteorology
  • aerodynamics
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • business

In many cases, a general degree in one of the above (or related) fields might be enough to get a good-paying job in the wind industry. However, a growing number of universities and technical schools in the United States are offering specific degree programs or certification relating to wind energy. The US Department of Energy website Wind Powering America offers a list of wind energy degree programs and other educational opportunities.

Wind industry sources also recommend that students interested in the industry seek out a wind energy internship before graduation. Internships offer valuable real world experience, as well as an opportunity to network and make connections within the industry.

Is Wind Energy Technician the career for you?

Other Opportunities in Wind Energy

Wind energy also offers opportunities for landowners with good wind resources. Through net metering programs, landowners who wish to install a small wind project on their property can earn extra income by selling unused power generated on their property to local energy companies.

A growing number of farmers, ranchers, and other large-scale landowners are also leasing land to wind energy corporations to develop wind farms on their property. Wind farms can be combined with many field crops for extra income, and combine especially well with livestock grazing operations. For more information, visit Wind Energy Basics for Farmers.


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      7 years ago


      i sreeramanaidu from India,i have completed my Bachealors of technology in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with 51% in the year 2008,and also i didn't have any work experience. can i join in windpower internship aboard.i didn't have any work visa r study visa from any country,can u guide pls.iam curious to learn new think in Eco friendly Envirnoment power generation.

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      7 years ago

      My hubby is trying to find a good paying company to work for. He is already working for pike electric where they do electrical work on substations that are 30 years behind schedule. We travel a lot and we are wanting to be a lot closer to home. Nebraska. Does anybody have any good companies in mind we could get ahold of? Im not sure where to look. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from Austin, TX, USA

      I agree that the high demand in the US will be in manufacturing (new US based factories), construction, and engineering. Research has typically been handled at the design centers in Europe, so things like aerodynamics, CFD, and programming are unlikely to be needed in the US. Maybe meteorology to calculate output, but a very small group is needed to handle it.

      Even maintenance technicians will be somewhat slim availability, as it only takes a few people to maintain and operate a whole wind farm.

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      9 years ago

      wind power is on the way out. Gravity power works all the time. hade to build 2 types to prove it can be done. the 1 with water is better.

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      9 years ago from UK

      Good hub. We can't fully rely on wind power but we could use it much, much more than we are at the moment.

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      9 years ago from Earth

      Excellent hub topic...keep up the good work!

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      9 years ago from San Manuel, AZ

      Thanks for the info. Very good writing. Great links!:)

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      10 years ago

      Wow. Very informative, but in my own view, I think the projected ten-fold increase over the next 20 years is much too slow.The raw materials and resources are here, but they are not "attractive" because of "profit concerns".

      LOVE the wolf pic. I have had a hybrid since she was a day old (her mother was too ill to nurse and later passed) and the most loving and protective animal I have ever experienced.

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      10 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Great and informative hub. Thank you.


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