Solar industry growing quickly

As of April 2013, more than 119,000 Americans worked in the solar industry, which is a 13.2 percent increase from one year before year, according to a recent report from The Solar Foundation. The large rise in employment indicates the solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing fields, as alternative energy sources gain popularity across the country. The continued increase in solar production could mean energy companies will be looking to add even more staff members soon, and they may benefit from the services of a renewable energy recruiter. The industry has now surpassed coal mining in number of workers, and there are solar jobs in all 50 states, according to Power Engineering.

"These job figures demonstrate that the U.S. solar industry remains a powerful source of local job creation," said Andrea Luecke, TSF executive director. "In comparing our estimates with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that California now has more solar workers than actors and that there are more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers."

Sunny states aren't the only ones with significant numbers of solar jobs. While California held the No.1 spot with more than one-third of all U.S. solar workers, Michigan and Ohio were among the top 10 states. Six of the 10 states with the most solar jobs are in the bottom 30 percent in terms of available solar resource, proving the industry can still flourish in states with less sunshine, according to TSF. Many of the jobs available in these states involve installation, solar panel manufacturing and sales and distribution. Solar energy could lead to more job growth in the Midwest. 

A swiftly growing industry
Renewable energy sources have been gaining popularity in the U.S. for the past few years, and it has created many jobs along the way. As more consumers and businesses adopt the energy source, the industry will likely continue expanding. 

"Solar is the fastest-growing clean energy technology available today and employment in our industry has doubled over the past three years," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. The industry will continue to show strong job growth, he added. This will create opportunities for U.S. workers in manufacturing firms and energy companies. Organizations can consult staffing agencies to find new talent for these positions.

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