Solar energy spurs job growth, fracking will drive oil boom

The talking points of the recent political discourse surrounding the November presidential election and the looming fiscal cliff have been the economy, jobs and more about the economy. However, despite the sharp rhetoric from both sides, many might be surprised to know it's not all doom and gloom for the economic and jobs landscape in America. In fact, energy is already driving significant jobs growth and will soon lead the United States to the top of the oil-producing world. In the process, the sector will create create more jobs that employers can use technical recruiters to fill.

Solar jobs growth outpaces national employment
The recent employment jump in the solar industry is one of the most encouraging prospects the energy jobs market has seen. As businesses continue to turn toward sustainability not only as a means of going green but as a way to positively benefit the bottom line by reducing emissions and energy use, solar energy is reaping the benefits of a much improved energy jobs market.

According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2012, there are now 119,016 solar workers in the United States, up from a revised 105,145 in 2011. The numbers for 2012 represent an year-over-year growth rate of 13.2 percent since August 2011. This is nearly six times higher than the national average employment growth rate of 2.3 percent for the same time frame. The report was released by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit, non-lobby organization.

The growth in jobs isn't just dependent on responsibility for solar energy being added to existing jobs: 86 percent of the some 14,000 solar jobs added since last August are completely new positions. With more positions being added in a field that requires a high level of skill, employers would be best suited to work with engineering recruiters to find the most qualified talent.

Fracking will lead to oil boom, more jobs
Dependence on foreign oil and gas has long been the bane of the government and American consumers. However, that may soon change. According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil producer by 2020 and become energy independent by 2035, both immensely important milestones for the country.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as "fracking," will play a major role in that drive toward the top. The relatively new process collects oil and natural gas by injecting chemically enhanced water through tight shale rock formations to collect energy sources. A report by the U.S. Energy Information Agency said fracking will be the biggest driver of the United State's ascent to the oil-producing top by 2020, when U.S. crude production will near 7.5 billion barrels per day, helped along in most part by tight oil derived from fracking.

Fracking, a highly scientific and precise process, will in turn create jobs as the practice leads to huge energy gains for the United States. Interested employers can use engineering recruiters to select the most skilled and technically adept candidates to help them succeed in the oil and gas boom.