In accordance with the #Bureau of Labor Statistics, “#solar PV installer” just so happens to hold the title as the fastest growing occupation in America. #Solar PV installer, at the moment, has a projected growth rate of more than 100 percent – 105, to be exact, from 2016 through 2026.
Solar PV Installers and #Wind Turbine Service Techs Are Gaining Steam
Those in the solar power industry might not be surprised by this fact. But to those who do not follow solar statistics, they might be quite astonished. Perhaps you would have assumed the fast growing profession in America was something outside of the world of solar or renewable #energy altogether. If this was your thought process, then you might be equally surprised at the second fastest growing occupation in America – wind turbine service technician! Yes, both of the most rapidly growing occupations in the US happen to be related to renewable energy.
How Do We Know Solar PV Installers Are Going to See So Much Growth?
Bureau of Labor Statistics analyst Bill Lawhorn took the time to answer some questions regarding how it was determined that the fastest growing professions are solar PV installer and wind turbine service technician. Check out some of the information below communicated to CleanTechnica.
Lawhorn explained where the 105 percent growth rate came from for employment of solar PV installers. He communicated that the Bureau of Labor Statistics develops its projections for occupational and industry employment in a series of six steps. Each step is based on a different model or procedure, for instance, labor force; final demand; aggregate economy; industry employment; industry output; and employment and openings by occupation.
This sequence can be repeated in order to guarantee consistency. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Handbook of Methods provides further detail. More information can be found by clicking here.
In terms of the 10-year growth projection for solar PV installers, different data sources have been utilized.
Lawhorn further explained how other fast-growing occupations compare with solar PV installer jobs; he discussed, specifically, how coal jobs compare with solar PV installer jobs. He explained that from 2016-2026, the second fastest growing occupation is projected to be wind turbine technicians. Of course, other occupations are also expected to grow quickly; however, these are smaller jobs that are not expected to add many jobs overall. Combined, they are anticipated to add less than 20,000 jobs over the 10-year timeframe.
Solar Beats Coal Mining
Employment in the coal mining industry is expected to drop by just under 7 percent from 2016-2026. But even more interesting, the possibility of PV solar installer jobs increasing beyond 105 percent is possible so long as the demand for solar power continues to increase. Of course, fluctuating economic factors can cause job growth rates to be lower or higher than anticipated values. As the decade progresses, demand for solar power might continue to increase, tax incentives might change, and other changes such as material costs can cause the numbers to fluctuate overall.
Projections for the period of 2018 to 2028 are going to be released in the fall of 2019. It will be interesting to see if the numbers change or even increase when it comes to wind turbine service technicians and PV solar installers. The fact is, no matter how you look at it, solar power is becoming incredibly popular, not just in America but across the globe.
What Does It Take to Be A Solar PV Installer?
Generally speaking, one would need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent of this. A person can expect moderate on the job training and they can expect to be compensated fairly. A solar PV installer will generally assemble, install and then oversee the maintenance of solar panels, which could be installed on rooftops, parking garages, and so on.
Continue to follow solar news, as you are sure to discover information that impresses you. Is solar power being taken advantage of in your community? Have you noticed solar panels going up near your home? Keep your eyes peeled and keep reading to discover the benefits and changes being made in the world of solar and renewable energy!