Depending on the research, 260.000 people are now employed by the solar business. Most of locations are at the moment in installation, with employees earning about $25.96 per hour. The greatest market so far, is domestic, which includes 41 percent of available jobs.

The solar market currently hires twice as many people as the coal market in the US these days. The jobs at the moment are primarily in manual installation, and as even more solar becomes more popular, there is chance that other jobs will be established to keep up with boosting technology.

"Solar hires a little more workers than gasoline, more than two times as many as coal, over three times that of wind power, and nearly five times the number hired in atomic energy," the study notes. "Only oil/petroleum offers more work (by 38%) compared to solar."


A few highlights from Solar Jobs Census 2016:

- One out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was created by the solar industry, representing 2% percent of all new jobs.

- Solar jobs in the United States have increased at least 20 percent per year for the past four years, and jobs have nearly tripled since the first Solar Jobs Census was released in 2010.

- Over the next 12 months, employers surveyed expect to see total solar industry employment increase by 10 percent to 286,335 solar workers.

- In 2016, the five states with the most solar jobs were California, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida.

When solar becomes a leading energy resource, it's possible that the business may not provide the amount of hand-operated job possibilities it initially did. As with all industries, advancements in technology will create a need for alternate types of jobs.

This transition to sustainable resources will not only create new types of jobs but make existing work environment efforts less costly as a result of lowering solar power costs. 

As the near future becomes the present and the nature of solar power work changes, main thing stays constant.

The more non-renewable fuel sources that could be replaced by renewable resource, the better off all of us will be.

Coming from the economic concern of fossil fuel to the upcoming realities of environment change, renewable resource like solar energy is going to only become a more required resource.


“Solar is an important part of our ever expanding clean energy economy in Massachusetts, supporting thousands of high-skilled careers across the Commonwealth. Through the continued development of solar incentive programs, Massachusetts is positioned to double the amount of solar for half the cost to ratepayers and maintain our position as one of the best states in the country for energy diversity.” — Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

“More and more business leaders and investors recognize that climate change presents both risks and opportunities, but they need better information to make informed decisions. The Solar Jobs Census helps provides that.” — Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., philanthropist, and three-term Mayor of New York City

“It’s really a wide range of people that get hired into this industry, everybody from certified and licensed engineers to those who first learned about a solar project when we were building one in their area. A great aspect of this business is that it isn’t an exclusionary trade. It’s a teachable job that can create opportunity for people and give them a skill.” — George Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Swinerton Renewable Energy

“Renewable energy use translates to bottom-line benefits such as lower and more stable energy costs for GM in the long term. With more than 67 megawatts of solar housed at 24 facilities across the globe, we see the power of sunshine as an integral part of becoming a more sustainable company.” — Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy at General Motors

“As one of the world’s largest owners of rooftops, Prologis is committed to leveraging its portfolio and capabilities to host solar and other clean energy technologies. As of year-end 2016, nearly 165 MW of rooftop solar is hosted within our global portfolio of modern industrial real estate assets. Increased solar deployment is one important tool in working to address climate change, and one that simultaneously spurs job creation, as shown by The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census.” — Matt Singleton, Vice President for Global Energy and Development at Prologis

“As part of our commitment to sustainability and goal to be energy independent by 2020, IKEA is proud of its 44 MW of solar arrays atop 90 percent of our U.S. locations. We are thrilled that our solar investment contribute to rapid growth in the renewable energy industry and in the creation of quality jobs as a result.” — Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. President

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