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.
A significant amount of jobs in wind require specialization and you may want to need to classes. But do a little research on firms expanding to wind that could use your experience. For example, a financing firm may have created a wind energy branch. Or a cell tower company may have started to specialize in wind turbine towers.
Intern and Interview
Call a company that does work that you are interested in and ask if they take interns, or if they could use some help as volunteer. If they say no, consider asking them about the background of their current employees. Some companies will be more open to this than others, but it doesn’t hurt to respectfully try. If it seems that they are short and too busy to talk, don’t push it. Thank them and move on.
A common question is how to find a job in the wind energy industry through networking. Networking is probably one of the best ways to learn more about the industry and its players and a great way to get involved in the wind energy sector.
Attend seminars, conferences and workshops
This is by far the best way to hear about current events in the field, network and meet other professionals in teh wind industry. You will also be able to see the scope of what companies are doing today. Presentations at seminar sessions are usually given by top experts, so take note of their names and backgrounds.
Exhibit Hall - Walking through the exhibit hall is a great way to get a feel for who the primary players are in the field and the type of work they are involved in. Usually browsing the exhibit floor is no or low cost, and is a perfect time to talk with companies, which is the reason they are there. Don't be shy if you have a resume you would like to share with them, or exchange business cards. The list of exhibitors and sponsors is usually made available (in print or on the website), which can be a great source of names and/or contact information.
Women of Wind Energy - This is a group of individuals who support and encourage the participation and advancement of professional women in the wind energy industry. Learn about their meetings or join the mentoring program to help your knowledge of the field grow.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Science Magazine: The Job Market: Wind Energy Jobs
Follow the links for additional information about working in the wind industry.