Solar-finance company Mosaic says its survey shows one-third believe their current education and experience well-position them for a clean energy job shift, while two-thirds believe they need on-the-job training
Roughly 75% of Americans like the idea of a well-paying, secure job in what some have billed the green Industrial Revolution — a stronger shift in coming months, years and decades to transition the country off traditional energy sources and into sustainable alternatives, a survey out Tuesday shows.
That might include wind, solar and nuclear energy, and an upgraded power grid, all areas that require engineers, software developers, solar-panel installers, HVAC technicians, finance professionals and more.
Respondents do want on-the-job training if they’re making a big jump to these new roles, as some are concerned existing skill sets might not easily transfer.
The survey was crafted by Mosaic, one of the top providers of financing home solar installations. They asked a cohort of more than 5,000 U.S. adults of all ages, geographic locations, genders, income levels and political affiliations about job interest in alternative energy and related fields. Three-fourths of respondents said they would consider a job in clean energy, citing interest in fields like solar, electric vehicles TSLA, +0.18%, sustainable home improvements and geothermal energy.
“The clean energy revolution involves an incredibly diverse workforce. It impacts everyone from the people who manufacture, distribute and install sustainable home solutions to those who specialize in financing, software, technology and customer service,” said Billy Parish, founder and CEO of Mosaic.
“We are seeing a wide range of applicants at Mosaic, from highly qualified engineering talent to trade industry veterans,” Parish said. And, he added, candidate interest in the efforts to slow climate change and global warming, alongside the traditional hallmarks of a good job, like salary and benefits, are increasingly mentioned.
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