National Renewable Energy Laboratory Publishes Wind Workforce Development Report

July 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published a report, The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs, to provide a national assessment of the wind industry workforce and hiring needs and to uncover educational pathways that would help close any gaps.

The report highlights a disparity between students graduating with degrees specific to wind energy who are unable to find a job and industry representatives continuing to have difficulty finding qualified applicants for their entry-level positions. Researchers identified gaps in awareness about wind energy occupations and analyze the skills and further training opportunities that are needed to continue to fill the rising demand for new workers to support the wind industry.