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National Solar Jobs Census

Over 250,000 Solar Workers
This represents an increase of 9.2%, or 21,563 more jobs compared to 2020

Solar Jobs Up in 47 States
Nearly every state saw job growth in 2021, driven by growth in consumer, business, and utility demand.

Installation Firms Lead Growth
Over the past decade, the most significant has been in the installation and project development sector, which has more than tripled the number of jobs since 2011.

A Path to Career Advancement
Less than one-third of solar industry jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but positions are also available in advanced fields.

It’s a Great Time for a Career in the Clean Energy Industry!

Did you know that before the spread of COVID-19, analysts had projected that global PV demand would grow 14%–22% from 2019 to 2020? Most analysts also are predicting a demand rebound to occur in 2021, post COVID-19, significantly above 2019 installations.

Clean energy jobs, including those in energy efficiency as well as renewables, storage, and transportation, grew 70% faster than the overall economy from 2015-2019. As our national energy economy continues to transition away from fossil fuels, demand for these positions is only going to continue to grow.

Five Year Trend 2015 – Q4 2019 U.S. Clean Energy Employment Growth via E2.

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NABCEP Credentials

available credentials

The Solar Foundation

Solar Job Census

Clean Jobs Midwest

Annual Report

Clean Energy Business Network

50 state clean energy rankings


In a decade, the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) has grown into the global certification leader. The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating, or Small Wind energy systems.

A NABCEP Associate Credential (NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™, NABCEP Solar Heating Associate™, or NABCEP Small Wind Associate™) is earned by passing an examination based on the related NABCEP Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA)or Learning Objectives.

Clean Jobs Midwest 

2019 Midwest Clean Energy Jobs via Clean Jobs Midwest

Clean Jobs Midwest is an annual report based on survey data on clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states.

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, clean energy companies employed more than 744,000 Midwesterners and clean energy jobs were growing in nearly every state, according to the latest available data. Across the region in 2019, the industry added more than 7,500 new jobs. At the end of 2019, more people in the Midwest worked in clean energy than the combined workforce of real estate agents and brokers, computer programmers, web developers, and waiters and waitresses.

The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census tracks the dramatic growth in solar jobs over the past ten years. The tenth annual National Solar Jobs Census found that nearly 250,000 Americans work in the solar industry. Solar jobs increased nationwide and in 31 states between 2018 and 2019.

The interactive Solar Jobs Map offers data on jobs at the local level for the past five years, including jobs by state, county, metro area, and legislative district.

Clean Energy Business Network

State CO2 Emissions Rates for the Electricity Sector via CEBN

Clean energy industries represented the growth sectors of the U.S. energy economy over the past decade, providing good-paying jobs while supporting a cleaner, healthier future for communities across the nation. In celebration of National Clean Energy Week, CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy launched an interactive suite of infographics documenting the clean energy economies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

These 50 state infographics give a snapshot of clean energy deployment, jobs, CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, and local impacts of federal investments in energy R&D. 


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