Workers

In 2018, almost 2.5 million Americans had jobs related to energy efficiency. That includes Energy Star appliance installers, green builders, heating and cooling technicians, engineers, and more.

“They are well-paid domestic jobs. They are in every town, every state, and they are jobs that are not going to go away,” says Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

She says the efficiency industry continues to expand. According to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report, more than 75,000 new energy efficiency jobs were added last year, with even faster growth projected this year.

Jacobson says that growth has come with a wider range of opportunities for job seekers.

“The energy sector jobs are very different now,” she says. “They’re very integrated with computer science. They’re very systems-oriented. They require everything from engineers to installers, and there’s an opportunity for everybody.”

So she says it’s important that young people be prepared.

“I think it’s really important that our education system start early and encourage all levels of interest in energy jobs,” she says.

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Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.