The energy efficiency field refers to the entities and departments within utilities, consulting firms and nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an energy resource through efficiency programs.
“Energy efficiency is a rapidly growing segment of the overall energy industry, and we believe there is a clear lack of talent that is necessary to fill the positions that are open,” said Meg Matt, AESP president and CEO. “The public and private sectors are spending record amounts on energy efficiency programs that reduce the pressure on supply; and, as the current work force in the energy field ages, many will retire. Every 8 seconds a baby boomer turns 65. These dynamics are creating widespread hiring. We anticipate that the number of jobs in this field will double over the next 10 years.”
In the informal survey, more than half of respondents reported they are seeking workers for newly created positions, existing open positions that need to be filled or both.
More than 80 percent of respondents cited open positions at a salary range of between $50,000 and $100,000, and 28 percent of respondents cited positions with compensation of between $100,000 and $150,000.
The specific job functions that present opportunities, according to respondents, are sales, program management, engineering, management and marketing and communications.