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Energy employment is categorized into 4 sectors:

  1. Electrical power generation and fuels  
  2. Transmission, distribution and storage
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Motor vehicles

The Energy Sector and Job Growth across the US

According to the U.S. Energy and Employment report, the overall energy sector is driving job growth with the help of an increase in wind, gas and storage jobs, but the fastest employment growth is due to the increase in jobs in the energy efficiency sector, including the design, installation and manufacture of Energy Efficiency products and services. This category added over 67,000 jobs in 2017.  Energy efficiency jobs in manufacturing, trade and professional services all grew, more than enough to offset the decline in construction jobs, which saw a slight decrease from 2016.

In the electrical power generation and fuels sector there was an increase in the low-emission category; natural gas, wind and heat increased, while solar saw a decrease in employment. Two of the fastest growing new sources were Bioenergy, increasing by 55% and CHP Generation, increasing by 51%.

The Transmission, distribution and storage sector saw an increase in utilities and construction roles. Over 38% of employers in the sector reported that a majority of their revenue was from grid modernization or other utility-funded modernization projects, a 6.5% increase since 2016. Battery storage grew by 6%, adding almost 6,000 jobs.

Motor Vehicles employed over 2.46 million workers excluding dealership, adding over 29,000 jobs in 2017. Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electrical vehicles made up 90% of this number.

Overall the energy employment sector is estimated to grow by 6.2% in 2018 and over 40% in the coming decade. With the energy efficiency sector projecting the highest growth rate at 9%, Electrical Power Generation at 8%, Motor Vehicles almost 7% and Transmission, Distribution and Storage 3% and Fossil Fuels at 2%.

The clean energy sectors – energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy are the emerging growth markets in the US with an emphasis on grid modernization.

Energy Employment in the US

In 2016 the US energy sector saw just under a 5% increase from 2015 then in 2017 energy employed over 6.5 million Americans and saw a 2% increase from 2016.  

Energy employment is growing and technological advancements in this sector have actually helped to produce more jobs with technical skills and creative outlook to learn emerging technologies and assist developing new ones. The need for talent in the energy sector is growing in emerging markets in different regions of the US, so finding a job close to home isn’t too far away.  

Expertise Needed, Expertise Found

Over 70% of employers across these sectors reported difficulty hiring qualified workers. This is due to the fact that the majority of these roles are specialized. Sourcing talent can be a difficult, time-consuming task but by outsourcing your workforce you can save time and money.

Find Out How NES Can Support Your Hiring Needs.

With the help of an award winning workforce solutions specialist like NES Global Talent we can support your project workforce by providing you with access to our global talent database to ensure you have the highest calibre candidates for any given project anywhere in the world.

NES takes the work out of recruiting talent for specialized roles. We offer a full range of staffing solutions to cater to your hiring and project needs. All of our services are complimented by an industry leading support service team to ensure you and your workforce remains 100% compliant.

Look for our next article on a deep dive into the individual disciplines that are booming in the energy sector and how we can support your hiring needs for each of those growing disciplines.

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