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Hydropower and Marine Energy Industry Workers
The power of water—in rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean tides—is used to generate electricity. This type of electricity is known as hydropower electricity. Hydropower and marine energy industry workers perform a wide range of duties, from designing, constructing, and maintaining hydropower projects and plants, to assessing and remediating the environmental impact of these projects, to providing support services (human resources, clerical, information management, etc.) to science and technology workers. According to the National Hydropower Association, approximately 300,000 people are currently employed in the hydropower industry and the potential is for up to 1.4 million jobs by 2025.