Full Title: Job Opportunities in Advanced Energy: High-Growth Occupations for Workers of All Backgrounds
Author(s): Burning Glass Institute and Advanced Energy Economy
Publisher(s): Advanced Energy Economy
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
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AEE partnered with the Burning Glass Institute, a nonprofit labor market analytics firm, to research jobs in demand by advanced energy employers as manifested in online job postings. Analysis of job posting data, combined with data on year-over-year job growth, reveals the occupations accounting for the jobs being created in advanced energy in both professional and non-professional spheres, as well as providing insights into the qualifications necessary to join this industry.
Understanding employment opportunities in the advanced energy industry becomes particularly important today. Passage of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has set the stage for massive industry growth in the coming years. AEE’s initial estimate is that the $444 billion in spending and tax incentives provided by these two laws will result in an increase of $2.8 trillion in U.S. GDP, producing 23 million job-years of employment. The growth of advanced energy should provide a wealth of opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to join the industry. At the same time, the energy transition heralded by the advanced energy investments already under way and to be accelerated by IIJA and IRA – away from the polluting fossil fuels of the past and toward the clean electricity and transportation of the future – has raised questions of equity in the jobs gained and lost. It is vital to know what jobs will be available as we move toward an advanced energy economy and who will have access to them.