2014 energy job outlook

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It looks like 2014 will be a great year for growth in the sustainable energy sector, according to Ecotech Institute, with green jobs on the rise. The Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index measures the reality of green jobs and other sustainability factors across the United States with its latest data revealing a bright outlook in 2014 for cleantech leaders, educators, political leaders, students and job seekers.

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In fact, within about the last month, more than 72,000 green job positions with hundreds of job titles were available across the U.S. For example, the solar industry had almost 500 job listings in the last month, ranging from installation technicians to sales representatives and everything in between.

Jobs classified under the broad renewable energy umbrella had approximately 21,000 job listings in the last 30 days, including energy efficiency  (6,600), electrical engineering (more than 23,000), power utility (744), and facility management (more than 6,470).

Ecotech classifies "clean jobs" using data from the U.S. Department of Labor -- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), to determine which jobs would qualify for its Clean Jobs Index. Ecotech is using all jobs that BLS classifies as green, which according to BLS, are either: jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.

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