As more people become conscious of environmental issues and create ways to protect the earth, renewable energy has become an oft-uttered buzzword. With so much focus placed on ways to harness natural energy, this has inevitably opened up a significant number of jobs in this rapidly expanding employment sector. This is great news for those working as renewable energy recruiters.
According to a report from the St. Louis Business Journal, Missouri's clean energy sector created more than 40,000 jobs statewide in 2014. This is an increase of 4.8 percent over figures recorded the year prior. In addition, the Missouri Clean Jobs Census predicted that employment in the sector will increase by 7.1 percent this year, resulting in the creation of 42,000 jobs.
Midwest Energy News reported that five years ago, Missouri state lawmakers introduced Proposition C. This initiative, voted upon favorably by people living in the state, called for the three largest utility companies in the state to introduce power from renewable sources on a gradual basis. Under the new law, 2 percent of the energy must be derived from solar collection efforts. Also, between 2011 and 2013, 2 percent of all electricity sold was supposed to have been collected from renewable sources, with this number to increase in 2021 to 5 percent.
At present, in the state of Missouri, there are 1,600 clean energy firms operating in the St. Louis energy. Subsequently, these companies employ 14,500 people, which represent 37 percent of clean energy jobs present in the state. In addition, approximately 3,715 people are working for Missouri-based solar energy companies.
What's the fuss about clean energy?
In a report from The Guardian, in 2014, 9.1 percent of all the world's electricity was collected via biomass, wind and solar power. In 2013, this number was 8.5 percent. In addition, the newspaper wrote that as much as $270 billion in capital investments were made into the renewable energy sector last year, an increase of 17 percent over 2013s figures.
While much of the globe is still powered by fossil fuels, the push for renewable energy is rising quickly. Subsequently, this opens up more employment opportunities for those looking for work in the sector. In fact, the St. Louis Business Journal wrote that the development of clean energy initiatives could have a profoundly positive impact on job creation in the U.S.
In a report from Politic365, the website wrote that the United States Department of Energy is looking to significantly expand the solar workforce over the next five years. In that time, the U.S. government is hoping to have 75,000 individuals trained to work in the industry. At present, there are more than 1,000 people who are certified to serve as instructors in this field and 30,000 people who are learning the ins and outs of the industry.
It's clear that renewables have become a topic of intense discussion, not only in the U.S., but around the world as well. So what does this mean for renewable energy recruiters?
For starters, those working in the industry should begin sourcing and identifying candidates who are either skilled and have experience working in the sector, or recruiters should begin developing relationships with both students and those who may be working as apprentices.
Since this business sector is still relatively in its infancy in the U.S., it's not unreasonable to assume that client requirements will be a lot more lax when it comes to potential candidates. With a solid foundation in renewables from a knowledge perspective, organizations can then train potential workers on their mode of operation, building a competent and highly skilled workforce in the process.