Workforce Training and Education
The United States needs a skilled and qualified wind energy workforce to produce domestic clean power. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that wind turbine service technicians will be the fastest growing job in a decade with 108% growth rate. Vital industry positions include researchers, scientists, engineers, as well as trade workers, educators, transportation workers, business and sales forces, and many others.
Due to the growing demand for jobs in the wind energy sector, there are many workforce training and education resources available for those interested in beginning or advancing their careers.
This map shows the location of wind energy education and training programs in the United States. Find programs at community colleges, universities, and other institutions.
Workforce Training and Education Resources
These resources provide additional information about wind energy workforce training and education.
Explore various jobs in the wind industry, learn what employers look for, and see potential routes to career advancement.
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published this report to provide a national assessment of the wind industry workforce and hiring needs and to uncover educational pathways that would help close any gaps. In the report, researchers identified a notable disparity: students are graduating with degrees specific to the wind industry, but they’re having difficulty getting hired. At the same time, the wind industry is reporting difficulty in finding qualified applicants. This gap between students and industry highlights the need for increased awareness about wind energy occupations and future analysis on training opportunities that are needed to fill the rising demand for new workers to support the industry.
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published this report to allow the private sector, educational institutions, and federal and state governmental organizations to make informed workforce-related decisions based on data and future projections.
This initiative is focused on accelerating job growth in American-made clean energy sources, integrating the Energy Department’s research and technical and economic resources to respond to the workforce and economic development needs of the energy industry.
The American Wind Energy Association maintains this free job board for employers and job seekers in the wind industry.
This site offers quick facts about a career as a wind turbine technician, including median pay, required education, and projected numbers of jobs.