One of the greatest challenges facing governments the world over is the question of reducing the rate of unemployment. Similarly, many people are overly concerned about getting a job, and by extension having job security. The renewable energy industry is one of the more promising sectors when it comes to job creation and the prospects of earning a sustainable income.
In the early years of the U.S. space program scientist and engineers relied on solar energy technology as a reliable source of power space crafts and satellites. Over the last few decades as the costs have declined, the technology for photovoltaic solar has become very mainstream. Implementation of solar energy now ranges from huge commercial solar farms that cover hundred of acres of land to smaller systems that power homes and businesses. The technological is moving forward in leaps and bounds and the industry continues to grow. Solar energy is already cheaper than most conventional forms of electricity. Its use has and will continue to create many jobs in the United States.
Popularity of Solar Energy
In America, solar energy is the most popular of all green energies. The industry received a positive boost when President Obama pledged to have the federal government invest billions into the solar energy sector alone. Many experts in the solar energy sector believe that the industry will continue with this phenomenal growth. In the short-term future, they estimate that it will outdo all other sources of renewable energy. According to recent statistics, the number of people employed in this industry in the U.S. has risen to more than 100,000 from a mere 40,000 in the year 2009.
Employment in the Solar Energy
Many companies have already seen the potential. Polls indicate most of solar energy companies expect that they will need to increase their workforce. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) indicated that 119,016 US citizens had employment in the solar sub-sector through out all 50 states.
According to many economic experts finding a job in the solar industry will only become easier over the coming years. Without any doubt, the solar energy sector has the potential to boost economic growth not just in the United States but around the world.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.