Over 3.5 million US 'green' jobs posted in 2013
- 10 March 2014
The Clean Jobs Index is a project of the Ecotech Institute, a Colorado college which exclusively offers renewable energy degree programs. The Index classifies clean jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which states that green jobs - known as clean jobs in this index - are either:
- Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources
- Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources
In the US in 2013, 3,599,022 jobs were posted that met these guidelines, with California being the top state for clean jobs last year. Texas, New York and Illnois were also hubs for clean employment, with over 268,000 jobs advertised in Texas alone.
Notably, the number of renewable energy jobs advertised also increased between 2012 and 2013, with 2013 seeing a 9.3% rise.
The solar energy industry exploded last year, with a recorded 57% increase on 2012 solar job advertisements. In fact, a new report by GTM and Solar Energy Industries Association found that more solar panels were installed in the US in the last 18 months than in the previous 30 years.
2013 was a srong year for solar jobs, with 1 in every 142 US jobs in 2013 being in the solar energy industry. However, wind energy also expanded, with end of year figures for 2013 jobs up 20% on 2012 postings.
The environmentally minded college found that the states which have the most incentives for renewable energy were Florida, New York, California, among others.
The Index is compiled by regularly reviewing Burning Glass – which lists jobs from over 17,000 sources, while LEED project data comes from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Other data is gathered from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).
By Alana Ryan