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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment of wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, is projected to grow 96% during the next eight years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Job prospects continue to be excellent. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines.
Universities and vocational training schools are heeding the demand for more workers in this growing field.
The Kansas Department of Commerce said, “Support for the wind industry can also be seen in our educational institutions. When Cloud County Community College started its wind energy technician program, it was one of just a handful nationally. The program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy, as well as a one-year certificate program.
Colby County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy, with one- and two-year wind energy certificate programs.
The Kansas Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University offers unique educational opportunities for electrical engineers, and the Kansas Wind for Schools program encourages participating schools to incorporate wind energy education into their science curriculum.
Follow the sun
Solar power is becoming more cost-effective and has the potential to make up a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs. As the industry expands in usage, it also has a growing need for more workers—manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants, solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels, and so on.
Read more about Solar Power Careers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.