Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index found more than 1.47 million jobs in the renewable energy sector at the end of 2015’s second quarter, an increase of 16 percent over Q2 2014. That’s more than four times the number of computer programmers working today. The Clean Jobs Index classifies clean energy jobs based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics description, which says that a clean job is part of a business that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources.
Some additional statistics from the Q2 2015 report:
Number of U.S. Clean Jobs in Q2 2015:
More than 1.47 million
Biggest Gains in Clean Job Openings by State:
Washington – 117 percent
Arizona – 62 percent
Oregon – 54 percent
Alabama – 53 percent
New York – 45 percent
When looking into the third quarter, a similar trend is seen. In fact, Ecotech Institute’s Clean Job Index found that job growth exploded in July 2015 with a 104 percent increase over July 2014.