National Solar Jobs Census 2011

The solar industry continues to grow rapidly, and firms are hiring workers in manufacturing, installation, sales and distribution, and a variety of other categories. Over the last 12 months solar manufacturing jobs grew nearly 25 percent, and employers expect to add an additional 3,473 new jobs by August 2012. Jobs at solar installation firms grew by 5.6 percent and are expected to grow by an additional 22 percent – 13,068 new jobs – by August 2012. The number of sales and distribution jobs grew the fastest over the past 12 months, and this sector is expected to grow by another 35 percent over the next year. Growth is also expected in other sectors.