Some veterans are confident that their military experience can help them and their colleagues find clean energy careers.
Based on the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, veterans make up a disproportionate segment of the clean energy workforce versus their presence in the overall economy. The study also found that veterans filled 10 percent of the country’s advanced energy jobs. The study was from the Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials.
However, the same study shows that veterans have low representation in fossil fuel-related jobs. Jobs in this industry are at risk considering that clean energy sources are slowly replacing them. Many industry members are also confident that veterans can leverage their technical skills and be included in a sector with rising professional opportunities.
The study further found that veterans comprise approximately 8 to 11 percent of the 9.2 million energy jobs in the U.S. Overall, they make up to 6 percent of the workforce.
In the renewable energy sector, veterans account for 9 percent of jobs in solar photovoltaic, 8 percent in natural gas and 7 percent in coal.
Clean Energy Trust sponsored the survey titled 2019 Clean Jobs Midwest. It gave a breakdown per state of veteran representation in the region. In Illinois, 10 percent of the renewable energy workforce is veterans while Indiana had 12.5 percent.
Dan Misch is a Chicago-area veteran and wants to bring more veterans in the clean energy sector. He presented a separate analysis of the study. According to him, energy efficiency is by far the largest portion of the renewable energy industry. There are approximately more than 50,000 Midwest veterans in this sector compared to about 7,500 in wind and solar.
He wrote, “Over half of the energy efficiency jobs are in construction which makes the construction industry the surprising driving factor behind veteran employment in clean energy. States with the fastest-growing construction industries are more likely to employ veterans in clean energy.”
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