Clean Job Market Sees Solid Growth in Q1 2013

Study shows that there were 750,000 clean job openings during the first quarter with solar, alternative fuel stations and LEED certifications driving growth in 2013.

The clean energy industry is a growth sector in the U.S. employment market. Fueled by increased investment and new business opportunities, clean tech firms are expanding their operations and consistently adding jobs to the U.S. economy.

Although clean sector employment has grown more gradually than many industry insiders had hoped, the industry may be reaching a tipping point—a notion supported by recent research conducted by the Ecotech Institute.

Leveraging national data aggregated from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and other sources, Ecotech reported approximately 750,000 clean job openings during Q1 2013. Solar, alternative fuel stations and LEED certifications led industry growth in the first quarter.

Other findings from the Ecotech report include:

  • States with the largest quarterly employment gains were Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia.
  • The number of alternative fueling stations increased by 7 percent from Q4 2012.
  • Nationally, the number of electric car chargers increased to 16,256 during the first quarter.
  • During Q1, 110 million square feet of building space was LEED certified, up 5 percent from Q4 2012.

“The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.”

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