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2018 Job Market: Heating up From Solar Jobs

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Building a world that is eco-friendly requires more workers.

The world is becoming more conscious about saving our planet and fixing the impacts we’ve made on the environment, and that means a focus on eco-friendly construction. More and more, the world is trying to steer clear of using fossil fuels to power our lives and turning to more renewable types of energy, including wind and solar.

However, just because the world is attempting to create more sustainable ways to live doesn’t mean we have to revert to the dark ages. There are ways to advance technology and still be kind to our planet. This has been accomplished through green construction, solar energy and wind power.

Solar Energy Jobs

Solar energy has made an impact on environmentally-friendly jobs. Adding solar panels to your home or business can reduce dependency on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming. Having solar panels will also reduce your electric bill — perhaps eliminating it altogether — and may get you rebates or tax credits.

In 2016, the solar capacity around the world grew by 50%, with the U.S. and China leading that growth. If the number of nations, corporations and individuals interested in solar energy continues to increase, there will be a demand for jobs and workers who can install solar power systems. The solar industry already saw an increase in the number of workers in 2016, with more than 260,000 people employed.

The solar industry is environmentally-friendly and decreases the negative impact we have on the planet. Using solar power reduces the amount of fossils fuels needed to power our homes and businesses, contributes to local economies and lowers the unemployment rate.

Green Construction Jobs

Constructing a green building means that the materials and practices used are environmentally friendly. Construction companies limit the amount of water and energy they use when building, and the materials used during the construction are often recycled. The number of companies and individuals who are interested in constructing green buildings has grown recently because of the lower cost of materials and the energy savings that can occur throughout the life of the building.

The benefits of having a green building include the efficient use of water, energy and other resources. This can include:

  • Installing low-flow toilets
  • Native landscaping that requires little or no water to maintain
  • Windows to reduce the lighting needed in the building
  • Sensors to turn lights off and on when no one is in the room

Having a green building also means that the amount of trash and pollution is reduced to lessen the impact on the environment. Others can benefit as well, though, including those who occupy the building. The reduction in environmental hazards can make the building healthier, which can increase productivity.

Economically, green buildings help businesses and homeowners reduce the amount of energy and water they use, lowering their bills so they can save money. Companies may also be able to attract and retain top talent because of the healthy environment they have created. Plus, if they can save money on overhead, they may be able to offer better salaries.

With the demand for green buildings and homes comes the demand for a workforce that can build these buildings. This can contribute to lowering the unemployment rate, as well as adding income to local economies. It is projected that by 2018, there will be 3.3 million jobs in green construction.

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Wind Power Jobs

One of the fastest growing green industries is wind power, so one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. is becoming a wind turbine technician. There are close to four million jobs in the wind power industry, which means there are plenty of opportunities to find a position that helps reduce negative environmental impacts on the world.

In 2016, it was estimated that the wind energy sector employed more than 100,000 people, and it is projected that by 2050, it will develop and support more than 600,000 jobs. Employment in wind energy requires a variety of different skills, including installation, manufacturing, maintenance and support, so there are opportunities for a variety of different workers.

The benefit of using wind power for energy creation is a reduction in the amount of pollution emitted into the atmosphere, including a decrease in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. In addition, wind turbines can be relatively inexpensive to develop and maintain, and the wind is a renewable and domestic source of energy.

Using wind energy can reduce your electric bills and your environmental impact. Wind energy requires no water to create electricity, so billions of gallons of water can be conserved by using wind power instead of some traditional power plants. Every year, the price to produce wind power drops, making it more affordable and sustainable. The wind power industry also contributes to economies, adding billions of dollars to the U.S. economy every year.

We are becoming more aware of the environmental impacts affecting our world, so we are looking for ways to mitigate those impacts. Using sustainable and renewable energy sources is a step in the right direction. Additionally, creating green buildings as well as using solar and wind power helps the environment and creates jobs and contributes to local economies. If you’re looking for a career change, solar jobs are heating up the job market.

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