Accelerated industry expansion has nearly tripled U.S. solar employment over the past decade. Today, almost a quarter million Americans are employed in solar jobs. Solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, and offers tremendous opportunities for workers from all backgrounds.

With relatively low barriers to entry and opportunities for advancement, an entry-level solar job has great potential to become a bright and powerful career.

Every day on rooftops and in laboratories, offices and classrooms around the country, the American solar workforce is advancing a renewable energy economy, and catalyzing a brighter future for all.

Between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased by 44% -- five times faster than job growth in the overall U.S. economy.

The National Solar Jobs Census includes the latest information on wages, hiring trends, education and experience requirements, and other workforce development resources.

Where can solar take you?

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has developed an interactive Solar Career Map to illustrate diverse solar industry career pathways.The map also outlines pathways tailored to military skill sets, particularly related to electrical and mechanical technicians, logistics specialists, and engineers.

The American solar workforce benefits greatly from the technical skills of our military veterans, and with appropriate training and certification, transitioning service members can turn a solar job into a powerful career.

What does a solar job look like?

The solar industry is powered by diverse talent, with roles and opportunities spanning engineering, project development, project management, sales and marketing, manufacturing, installation and more.

Do you find blueprints exciting? Maybe you’re a natural people person?
Whatever your skills and interests, there’s a solar job that you can excel in.
Check out this flowchart from A&R Solar and find the solar career pathway that’s right for you.