The United States wind industry created 35,000 new jobs in 2008, according to a news report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). 85,000 workers are now employed in the wind industry including jobs in manufacturing, development, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance.
The wind energy sector provided 85,000 direct jobs in 2008, and the industry is expected to support up to 1/2 million direct and related jobs by 2030. Our resources offer guidance on the types of jobs available, the skills and training needed, and how to find them.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Science Magazine: The Job Market: Wind Energy Jobs
Job Jolt, an economic study by the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, was published in November 2002. This report shows that the Midwest stands to gain significant jobs and income by switching to renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency. The report shows a real boost for the Midwest: up to 210,000 new jobs and $20 billion in additional economic output across the 10-state Midwest region by the year 2020.
Job Jolt fact sheets for individual Midwestern states are availableon the Repowering the Midwest web site.