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The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts varying employment outlooks for engineers through 2022. Slower-than-average growth is expected for chemical, electrical, and materials engineers. And little or no change in employment is predicted for materials engineers. Engineers working in solar energy can look forward to good odds of finding work in the years to come, especially as more governments invest money into alternative-energy research and development. The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that the number of photovoltaic installations grew by 41 percent from 2012 to 2013, and solar energy was the "second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas."