- The U.S. energy market accounts for millions of jobs. 6.7 million Americans work in the energy sector overall, including electric power generation and fuels; transmission distribution, and storage; energy efficiency; and motor vehicles. This represents 4.6% of the American workforce and an increase of 151,700 jobs (or 2.3%) over 2017. Jobs in energy accounted for nearly 7% of all new jobs nationwide.
- Energy efficiency is an engine for economic development, and is experiencing rapid growth. Energy efficiency employed 2.35 million Americans, in whole or in part, in the design, installation, and manufacture of Energy Efficiency products and services, adding 76,000 net jobs in 2018 (3.4%), an increase over the 67,000 jobs added in 2017.
- Natural gas electric generation jobs continue to grow. In 2018, the natural gas industry added over 5,000 new jobs, as natural gas continues its status as the number one fuel for electricity generation in the country.
- Hiring difficulty and an ever-present reality in the energy industry. Over 75% of employers report difficulty recruiting qualified workers, most often attributed to lack of experience, training, or technical skills.
- The energy industry faces workplace diversity challenges. Women and people of color are underrepresented across energy industry segments relative to the U.S. economy as a whole, highlighting the need for placement, training, and Human Resources programs that place an emphasis on diversity and access.
These facts and the need for thousands of new energy workers have led the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to join several other states and add a 17th Career Cluster, Energy. CTE programs are now able to help with courses designed to get the next generation of energy workers ready for careers in the solar, wind, as well as the traditional energy industries. Henrico CTE will be adding the new Energy Career Cluster as soon as we are able.
Henrico CTE was lucky to be involved with the rollout of VDOE Energy Career Cluster when our award-winning Henrico CTE Now podcast had a series of interviews with energy industry experts.
Henrico CTE Now, Season 2 Episode 4: Guests, Jackie Merrick, Sameera Younus-Kan, and Matt Kellam with Dominion Energy, Click here
Henrico CTE Now, Season 2 Episode 7: Fuel Production and Distribution for the new “Energy” Career Cluster, Click here
Henrico CTE Now Season 2 Episode 8: Power Generation, Part 4 of Our Series on the New Career Cluster, “Energy.”, Click here
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