Energy Engineers Predict Worker Shortage

Come join us! That’s the message from qualified energy-management professionals, two-thirds of whom told the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in a survey that there’s a shortage in their field today, and 61 percent of whom said the shortage will persist for at least five years.

What sort of jobs are we talking about here? Things like: certified green building engineers, certified air quality professionals and certified carbon reduction managers. Among the 1,534 of the AEE’s 14,000 members who responded to the survey, 77 percent held a certification of some sort, and 83 percent had bachelor’s degrees. Fully a third were registered professional engineers or architects.

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The AEE’s Albert Thumann said in a press release that the survey was evidence of “a dire need to implement programs and policies to stimulate effective energy efficiency training. The jobs are there — the skilled professionals to fulfill them may not be.”

Perhaps this will spur interest in these green jobs: Survey respondents had an average annual salary of $96,001, with more than 90 percent reporting an income above $60,000.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.