2019 EE Sector Job Trends

The U.S. Energy and Employment Report, produced annually by National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), identifies important trends and skill sets for the energy workforce.

For 2019, employers report a projected aggregate growth rate for energy efficiency employment of nearly 8%. Construction employers, in particular, report expect energy efficiency job growth of 8.8% by the end of 2019.

Energy efficiency construction, the largest single segment of the traditional and energy efficiency sectors with over 1.2 million employees, also reported the single highest degree of difficulty in hiring new employees.

The majority (~56%) of energy efficiency employees worked for firms in the construction sector in 2018, installing or servicing energy efficiency goods or performing energy efficiency related services.

About 20% of employees in the energy efficiency sector worked in professional and business services. In this sector, 84% of employers in construction and 82% of professional and business services reported difficulty finding qualified job applicants.

Seventy percent or more of energy efficiency employers in all industries reported at least some difficulty in hiring. Energy efficiency employers with hiring difficulty indicated that lack of experience, training, or technical skills were the reason for the largest share of difficulty finding qualified applicants.

The full report is available for download.

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