A new report suggests people in search of work should consider the cleantech sector. The 29-page report from the Clean Edge research and publishing company, “Clean Tech Job Trends 2009,” draws on a number of sources, including the Pew Charitable Trusts and New Energy Finance.
The report suggests (based on job postings and placements, and public and private investment) that the solar sector is the leading cleantech sector, followed by biofuels and biomaterials, conservation and efficiency, smart grids and wind power.
The report does make the point, however, that finding employment could entail changing locations.
“Unlike the early days of computers and IT, the cleantech economy is a highly dispersed phenomenon, with no single place, industry, or professional demographic controlling the sector," said Ron Pernick, co-founder and managing director of Clean Edge, in a statement. To help job-seekers, the authors have included a list of the 15 best cleantech job-hunting grounds in the U.S.
Topping the list is the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area, followed by Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, New York-northern New Jersey-Long Island, Boston-Worcester-Lawrence-Lowell-Brockton and Washington, D.C.-Baltimore.
Salaries for the cleantech jobs surveyed range from $36,000 to $106,000. Some require university education, but many so-called ‘green-collar’ jobs require only a high school degree.