Sustainability now accounts for an estimated 4.5 million jobs in the US

20 February 2017

Environmental Defense Fund, (Now hiring: the growth of America's clean energy & sustainability jobs)

Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the US workforce across multiple sectors including energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as in waste reduction, natural resources conservation and environmental education. Sustainability now collectively represents an estimated 4-4.5 million jobs in the US, up from 3.4 million in 2011.

Many jobs in the solar and energy efficiency space are in installation, maintenance and construction, making these jobs inherently local and contributing to the growth of local economies. Average wages for energy efficiency jobs are almost US$5,000 above the national median, and wages for solar workers are above the national median of US$17.04 per hour.

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