A new study out from SmartAsset found that the fastest-growing job in the US is photovoltaic installer. The report, which used Bureau of Labor Statistics data, found that the overall unemployment rate was 4.5 percent as of March 2017 and that many of the positions that are leading job growth in the country are positions that have not traditionally been available—like solar installer.
“We defined fastest-growing job as the job which saw the most growth in terms of raw numbers of people employed from 2012 to 2016 in each state,” said SmartAsset’s Derek Miller. Indeed, earlier this year The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census found that solar power accounted for one of every 50 new jobs in the US in 2016, adding more than 51,000 jobs in the US last year.
“This occupation only requires a high school education, as much of the training occurs on the job. Nationwide solar photovoltaic installers make about $42,500, on average,” Miller wrote. In a piece about the study, MarketWatch, observed that it’s below the median annual household income of $58,673.
It’s not just solar that’s showing strong jobs growth, however. The entire clean energy industry is growing by leaps and bounds. A recent report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) showed that 4 to 4.5 million people are employed in clean energy industries in the US. Moreover it showed that employment in solar and wind has grown by 20 percent since 2012—12 times faster than the rest of the US economy.
The SmartAsset study also found that personal care and services occupations are the fastest-growing occupation group. “Two states in our study – Utah and North Carolina – had personal care and service occupations lead in growth. In Utah the number of personal care aides jumped from 1,640 in 2012 to 6,780 in 2016, an increase of 313 percent. In North Carolina the number of skincare specialists grew 187 percent,” Miller said. Those jobs, he said, have lower salaries. The average for skincare aides in Utah is $21,890 per year and skincare specialists in North Carolina make around $33,760 on average.Tweet