Subscription to solar energy appears to be growing faster than other major sectors in developed countries compared to other major employment generation sectors like the oil rigs and gas fields. A Solar Foundation, a non-money making body in Washington D.C., came out with a report last week that revealed that combined solar companies in the U.S. added 35,000 jobs in 2015, 20 per cent higher than what the Solar industry employed in the previous year.
At least, about 209,000 people are currently employed in the solar energy industry in the U.S. working in various segments including solar panel installers, designers, engineers, sales folks and managers. According to the group, Oil and Gas firms slashed about 17,000 extraction jobs in 2015 as energy prices continue to plummet. Oil prices are down a stunning 70 per cent in the last 18 months and hovering just over $30 a barrel, a 12-year low, CNN Money reported. Interestingly, the solar industry workforce is currently bigger than that of Oil and Gas construction, and nearly three times the size of the entire coal-mining workforce, it added.
Chris Gorrie, the campus president of the Ecotech Institute, a for-profit job-training center for solar and renewable energy in Aurora, Co confirmed this when he said, “The companies we’re working with are begging to fill the slots they have because they’re growing so much.” That was also the position of an industry player, Todd Valdez who told the medium that “Our workload has definitely been rising tremendously,” assuring that the solar industry is “a good place to go now if you’re looking for a career change.”