American clean jobs are up 88 percent since January 1, 2014 over the prior year
August 12, 2014 (Denver, CO) — Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, a tool to compare states’ use and development of clean and sustainable energy, found more than two million job postings in the green energy sector in quarters one and two of 2014 alone. This is almost an 88 percent increase from the first and second quarters in 2013. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.
Ecotech Institute created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry.
Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index Q1 and Q2 2014
Number of U.S. Clean Jobs Postings in Q1 and Q2 2014:
2,637,133 (an 87.5 percent increase from Q1 and Q2 2013)
Number of New Clean Jobs since January 1, 2014:
Ecotech Institute Prepares Graduates for these Growing Clean Energy Jobs:
- Power Utility Technology: 132 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Solar Energy Technology: 116 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Electrical Engineering Technology: 74 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Wind Energy Technology: 65 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Facility Management: 64 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Renewable Energy Technology: 63 percent increase in jobs from 2013
- Energy Efficiency: 53 percent increase in jobs from 2013
“This Clean Jobs Index really demonstrates the rapid growth of the sustainable energy industry,” said Chris Gorrie, academic dean at Ecotech Institute. “Almost double the clean jobs were posted in the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013. Ecotech Institute is the only educational institution out there that’s entirely focused on this space, and makes sure students are prepared for these available green energy jobs.”
Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index is an aggregation of statistics by state. Although it may indicate a greater possibility for employment in the clean economy sector, the Clean Jobs Index in no way indicates the presence or the promise of any specific job opportunities. Data for the Index is gathered regularly from independent research entities including: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council.
About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America.