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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a Wind Career Map—the first of its kind in the wind industry—that connects the skill sets needed to qualify for the many types of wind energy jobs generated by the wind industry.
To meet the wind deployment goals described in DOE’s new Wind Vision Report, the United States will require an expanded and highly qualified workforce; however, a 2013 national study showed that many employers experience difficulty in recruiting qualified applicants. At the same time, few resources exist on wind energy career requirements. The Wind Career Map addresses these challenges for employers and prospective employees.
Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Wind Career Map is divided into the following categories: project development; component manufacturing; construction; operations; and education, training, and research. The jobs are further divided by the levels of education necessary for each position. Featured careers include wind technicians, managers in manufacturing and construction, research scientists, regulators, product designers, educators, and trade workers. Detailed information, such as expected salary, experience expectations, and educational requirements, is available for each mapped occupation.
The Wind Career Map also includes career pathways that illustrate ways in which a worker in a particular wind industry occupation can transition to a different part of the industry. The pathways show possible routes for advancement at any stage in their career.