Clean energy jobs on the rise

Jobs of all kinds relating to clean energy saw an increase between 1998 and 2007, at a far greater rise than the national job growth rate.

By Source: Pew Charitable Trusts June 18, 2009

Jobs relating to clean energy grew more than 9% nationally between 1998 and 2007, almost triple the overall job growth rate , according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts . No data has been announced for the time since 2007.

The report divides clean energy jobs into five occupations: clean energy, conservation and pollution mitigation, energy efficiency, environmentally friendly production, and training and support. Conservation and pollution mitigation, which includes recycling, accounted for 65% of all clean energy jobs.

Clean energy jobs are unique because they are available all across the country and there is a market for both white and blue-collar workers. The report states that the sector is poised for more growth because of increasing venture capital investment and $85 billion in direct spending and tax incentives expected from federal stimulus funds.