Green shoots: Clean tech is the fastest growing job market


Jobs in the clean technology industry are growing twice as fast as the national average. So that's where the jobs are. Walletpop spoke with Ron Pernick, co-founder of West Coast-based Clean Edge and the author of The Clean Tech Revolution, to find out what these jobs are, how to land one, and, most importantly, how much they pay.

Here are some highlights from Clean Edge's recent report, Clean Tech Job Trends 2009, which I highly recommend you read if you want to know if this industry is for you. There are lots of resources for clean tech job trainings, education and job search engines, after the jump.

According to the report, jobs vary from accountant -- there's one we've heard before -- to wind turbine technician. From the report, here's a sample of jobs and their salaries:

  • Hardware Design Engineer, Smart Grid $87,700 Mid-Level; requires Engineering Bachelor's

  • Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer, Wind Power; salary: $50,300 Mid-Level; requires: High School/Associate's Degree

  • Wind Turbine Technician, Wind Power; salary: $52,600 Entry-Level; requires: Bachelor's Degree

  • Construction Superintendent, Wind Power; salary: $74,000 Senior-Level; requires: Bachelor's Degree

  • Field Service Engineer, Wind Power; salary: $62,400 Mid-Level; requires: Engineering Bachelor's Degree

But can these jobs be outsourced?