Solar Engineers

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts varying employment outlooks for engineers through 2024. Little change or slower-than-average growth is expected for chemical, electrical, industrial, and materials engineers. Employment for mechanical engineers should grow by about 5 percent, as fast as the average for all jobs. Engineers working in solar energy may find it somewhat easier to obtain employment in the years to come, especially if more governments invest money into alternative-energy research and development. The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that the number of photovoltaic installations (measured bu installed solar capacity) grew by more than 41 percent from 2013 to 2015, and solar energy was the "second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas."   

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